The Daily Nation publication reported today that the decades-old Bachelor of Education degree course (B. Ed) through which thousands of Kenyan students have trained to become teachers will soon be no more.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) now wants Kenyan universities to scrap the B.Ed course as part of reforms intended to usher in the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Students who wish to pursue a career in teaching will instead take regular arts or science degrees and a one-year post-graduate diploma in education to qualify for registration as teachers.
TSC wants the proposal implemented beginning September 2021.
The B.Ed degree has existed as the basic training course for teachers in Kenya since 1972.
The teachers’ employer gave C+ (plus) as the minimum entry grade for those who want to train as teachers and a minimum of B-(minus) in three teaching subjects.