By Samuel Ouma
It is just a matter of time before Kenya does away with the Bachelor of Education course (B.Ed) in the universities in line with the new education system known as Competence Based Curriculum.
Kenya’s Teachers Service Commission (TSC), tasked to hire teachers, wants students aspiring to pursue teaching as a career to take regular arts or sciences degrees instead.
In the new proposal, students would be required to pursue the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences courses for three years, followed by a one-year post-graduate diploma in education to qualify to be teachers in secondary schools.
The minimum requirements would be a mean grade of C+ and a minimum of B- in three teaching subjects.
“In order to professionalise the teaching service and improve the quality of education, the commission needs to review entry grades to the teaching service and advice the national government. This will raise the standards of the teaching profession and attract more quality grades,” read the report prepared by TSC Director of Quality Assurance and Standards Dr.Reuben Nthamburi.
The TSC wants the proposals to take effect in September this year.
However, the proposed changes face opposition from university education lecturers and the University Academic Staff Union (Uasu). They have branded the new framework unnecessary and unfounded.
According to university lecturers, many staff will lose their jobs should the new changes be implemented. They vowed to author a counter-report based on constructive research.
“We feel the TSC framework is unacceptable as it is going to water down our education system, teachers require specialized training from the start,” Kenyatta University Uasu official told the Daily Nation.
The Bachelor of Education training course in Kenya has existed since 1972.