Unskilled P1 Teachers Will Not Be Employed by TSC From 2024
A PTE (Primary Teacher Education) certificate will not be enough to grant one license to teach in a primary school from next year.
This was revealed from a report published by the teacher employer, Teachers Service Commission (TSC). TSC says primary school teachers with only PTE certificates will be irrelevant as all primary schools will be fully locked into Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) from Grade 1 to 6.
However, in its framework the Commission says it will recruit P1 teachers who undertook the Competency Based Teacher Education (CBTE).
These are PTE teachers who upgraded their certificates to the current Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE).
It further says the lowest entry grade into the teaching profession will be a Diploma, implying that only teachers with DPTE will be considered for employment in primary schools.
Those employed will be placed in job group C1 meaning TSC will in future scrap job group B5 for teachers which is the current entry grade for primary school teachers.
Thousands of primary and nursery school teachers enrolled for upgrading of their certificates to the CBC Diploma.
A taskforce had recommended both P1 and ECDE teachers to undergo the mandatory training to be at par with the demand of the new curriculum.
The first cohorts of trainee teachers completed their studies and were issued with a Diploma certificate from Knec.
The diploma in primary teacher education is offered in the current primary teacher colleges.
Those who are interested in applying should apply.
The new diploma in primary teacher education Entry requirements
The entry requirements for the new diploma in primary teacher education are C Plain in the KCSE or its equivalent.
The new diploma in primary teacher education Course duration
The new diploma in primary teacher education training shall take three years, as per the approved curriculum designs.
The new diploma in primary teacher education Specialization
The teachers’ trainees for the new diploma in primary teacher education will specialize in only three subject areas.
The specialization areas have been clustered into four, but teachers will only pick one subject per cluster. Specialization will begin from year one.
- The new diploma in primary teacher education Cluster one subjects
- Kenya Sign Language
- Indigenous Languages
- Foreign Languages (German, French, Arabic and Mandarin (Chinese).
- The new diploma in primary teacher education Cluster two subjects
- Home Science
- Science and Technology
- The new diploma in primary teacher education Cluster three subjects
- Social Studies
- Religious Education(CRE, HRE, IRE)
- The new diploma in primary teacher education Cluster four subjects
- Art and Craft
The New Diploma In Primary Teacher Education Compulsory Subjects
- Physical and Health Education (PHE)
- Kenya sign language for hearing impaired
The mandatory learning areas will build on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the young teacher for effective lesson delivery.
The new diploma in primary teacher education Evaluation
Upon completing the required hours for coursework and passed the stipulated KNEC assessment, one will be approved to teach in any primary school countrywide.
The teachers will also be required to have completed the required hours for the practicum and passed the stipulated KNEC assessment.
The teachers will undergo a three months micro teaching course, which will be a requirement for teaching practice. During micro teaching, the trainees will prepare teaching and learning materials, which they will use to teach their peers.
The New Diploma In Primary Teacher Education Placement
Upon completion of the course, the trainees will be registered and employed by the TSC in any primary school across the country.