The Teaching Service Commission (TSC) has announced that it will not compromise its position on the entry requirements for those who wish to join the teaching profession from 2023 onwards.
The national teacher’s boss revealed that some of the teachers’ letters to the commission contained spelling mistakes.
The Director of the Commission on Quality Assurance and Standards (QAS), Dr Reuben Nthamburi, said he wanted to align teaching services with other professions such as law, engineering and medicine; He said they have spoken to the universities of the teachers they want.
He said some of the teachers he was dealing with were now unable to communicate effectively and the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) had downgraded English and Mathematics to grade C (straight).
He motivated his aspirants to perform strongly. Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Sciences at the time of last placement. “You see in the paper that we want to change the right program, what happened? Shouting will not work. You know that change is hard and always resists. But what we are talking about is the customer of TSC. Dr. Nthamburi, teacher selector, noted.
He continued, “The challenge we face today is that if we look at some of the letters written by the teachers, there are a lot of spelling mistakes… We want skilled teachers who can communicate well.”
The Commission’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Nancy Macharia represented the Senate Committee on Education chaired by Dr. Nthamburi, CBC Sen. Dr. Elise and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Naivasha recently.
He said, the entry requirements should be strengthened and strengthened to professionalize teaching services and align with other professions, in this case it is necessary to introduce Teacher Professional Development (TPD) for training in the service. all teachers.
“The question is, what do we want for our teachers, for the future of teachers in the country; 21st century teachers … want to be professional teachers and we don’t believe it, Dr Nthamburi reiterated.
Dr Nthamburi said that universities need to understand new trends and emerging issues to be relevant to the context and disclosed that they have met with all the vice chancellors of the universities and will soon join the universities. He will meet with the Vice Premier and the faculty. The Dean will consider how they balance their courses
Some universities have moved very quickly, linking their degree courses to CBC,” said Dr Nthamburi.
Recently, the TSC’s proposed policy to review education and training standards has led to a battle for dominance between the TSC and universities that manage university programs.
The policy titled Framework of Entry Requirements for Teaching Services was prepared by Dr Nthamburi; and to sensitize the university teacher education framework about the requirements for Hiring the Dean of Education to the teaching position.
In accordance with the proposed policy, the task force is trying to update (modify) undergraduate programs; Instead of Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Postgraduate Diploma in Science (BSc) (PGD), which is one of the most popular and popular programs offered in almost every university in the country.
The board is of the opinion that from September this year, universities should start offering this three-year program and one year for PGD.
This means that in the future, the commission will only register and hire teachers after successfully completing their post-graduate diploma.
According to the proposed policy framework, the entry grade in BA or BSc will be Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education average (KCSE) w B- (minus) and average C + in three subjects.
This is a change from the current requirement, where the university accepts students with a minimum KCSE average of C+ (Plus) in two subjects and C+ (Plus) above or equivalent in the major to obtain a degree.
In its final report, the CBC Education Task Force recommended that the Commission on University Education (CUE) expedite the development and review of university programs to compare the three proposed pathways to higher education.