Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has lauded the phasing out of Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree program, that would qualify teachers to teach in Secondary schools.
While responding to journalists after unveiling a three classroom block at Sagam Secondary school in Siaya, Magoha said the move by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for teachers to undertake a Bachelor of Science course followed by a one-year postgraduate diploma in Education will equip teachers with the right skills to teach CBC in Secondary schools.
Bachelor of Education program has been the course for Kenya Secondary school teachers since its introduction in 1972.
In sweeping reforms to ensure seamless rollout of the Competence-based curriculum (CBC), TSC wants all universities to cease offering the course within months, in its place the teachers employer proposes that students who wish to pursue a career in teaching will take regular ARTS or SCIENCE degrees followed by a one-year post graduate diploma in education to qualify for registration as teachers
The proposal comes with a series of recommendations.
Certificates will be null, as the minimum qualification for entry into teaching in the country at all levels will be a Diploma in Education.
Admission into ALL diplomas and Degrees in Teacher education courses shall be demand driven.
In addition, TSC recommends a curriculum for teachers educators (trainers) to be developed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and TSC in collaboration with Universities and the Commission for University Education that will form the basis for employment of Teacher Educators
Under the CBC programme teachers will be expected to go digital, Be smart and use smartphones, innovate, use project based learning for learners, learn new technologies and embrace learner-centered classrooms and personalized instructions
TSC has embarked on an ambitious and radical reform process in the Education sector that is already stirring opposition from unions including the Universities Academic staff union (UASU)