By Emmanuel Mukavi
The Director-general state Department of Early learning and basic education Elias Abdi affirmed to the head of institutions that the government will support teachers colleges in delivering their intended objectives in delivering the CBC. He said this during a meeting with the institutions’ head principals in Kibabii Diploma Teachers Training college in Bungoma.
“The Ministry of education will continue supporting principals in ensuring that institutions run professionally to meet their objectives and in facilitating the new curriculum rolled out by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development(KICD)” paused Abdi.
This comes amid the change in the Primary teacher’s certificate education to Diploma primary education by the KICD. The agreement to change was reached by a joint consultative discussion between the Teachers Service Commission and the KICD to enhance the competent delivery of tutors to the incoming students.
The mini score will be the same as the previous institute offering the Diploma but there is a slight difference in the aggregate that will be required by the students.
The new students who will join the Diploma Primary education will have to meet the minimums from the Teachers service commission and the KICD. The Diploma students will undergo the training for three years, unlike the P1 which took two years of study. A minimum of C plain with a C plain in Maths, English, Kiswahili, and one science or humanity subjects. The special needs teachers will have the qualification of the C minus with the same grades in the respective subjects. The teachers will undertake from std one to std six. The government will advertise for positions expelling the qualification for the required students who will enroll for the first cohort in May 2021.
He warned the heads against taking huge loans that they are unable to pay back as this can pause the risk of auctioning the entire institute.” we are having some challenges in institutes with loans owing huge interest loans and therefore bringing to awkward and embarrassing situations.
His remarks were echoed by Lilian Mwangi the Western region Teachers service commission director. She insisted that going forward the curriculum will be embedded in institutions and the system focuses on the competence of the students, unlike the 8-4-4 system that students were required to study the whole subjects in school.
”The heads must understand what the CBC is all about the transition from teacher-centered to child-centredness and that the ministry will conduct teachers training starting on March 4th, 2021 to enhance confidence and competence of tutors” said Mrs. Mwangi.