The Government will phase out P1 certificate courses in Teacher Training Colleges by next year and replace it with diploma in an effort to be responsive to the new education curriculum demands.
Principal Secretary for Early and Basic Education Belio Kipsang’ said this will ensure that teaching colleges produce competent, skilled teachers.
“In line with vision 2030, the government has made a commitment to modernize Teachers Training Institutes (TTI) in readiness for Diploma in Primary Education course,” he said.
Speaking during Tambach TTC 25th graduation ceremony, Kipsang promised that the Ministry of Education will do all it can to strengthen the teachers’ training programmes.
“Primary Teachers Education must be reformed to be in tandem with the new curriculum reforms and this cannot be achieved without training quality teachers,” he said.
Once implemented, it would take three years for the students to undertake the diploma course unlike the two year certificate course.
Extending the duration is meant to offer the learners enough time to train on content and adequate time for practicals.
There are 27 public teacher training colleges in the country out of which Kagumo, Lugari and Kibabii offer diploma training.
Students here specialise in two subjects and end up being deployed in secondary schools.