June 18, 2024

TSC to revise minimum entry requirements for teachers

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TSC to revise minimum entry requirements for teachers

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) mulls a new proposal to revise minimum entry requirements for teachers

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) mulls a new proposal to revise minimum entry requirements for teachers.

The P1 Certificate Level of Education for trainees would no longer be the minimum entry requirement for those seeking to become teachers, according to a proposal made by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

As per the most recent plan, TSC aims to establish a Diploma Certificate as the minimum educational qualification for all teachers, including those undergoing training to teach at the ECDE level.

According to the Commission, all new hires must receive at least a C and a D plain in mathematics.

Further, TSC is also aiming to ensure that all the teachers score a minimum of C- in English.

While defending the move, the TSC noted that the move is aimed at improving the performance of candidates in the national exams.

“If you do an analysis of KCSE results, the worst subject performance in the Republic of Kenya at KCPE or KCSE is Mathematics and Languages,” stated Cavin Anyour, the Director of Law TSC.

However, the chairperson of the Commission, Nancy Macharia clarified that TSC is currently engaged in consultations with the Ministry of Education to determine the course of action for teachers in training who did not meet the newly set requirements.

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“The teachers who are currently in colleges, and may not have the necessary requisite qualifications, we are consulting with the Ministry and I know at the end of the day, we will have a solution so that should not be a problem,” stated Nancy Macharia

In addition to the reforms in entry requirements, the commission has also proposed new stringent disciplinary measures for teachers.

According to the commission, these reforms will promote professionalism in the industry and to attract more people to the profession.

Some proposed reforms include the deregistering of teachers engaged in gross misconduct such as having affairs with students.

Further, TSC assured it would promote 36,505 teachers over the course of 2024, as the government had allocated Ksh1 billion for the same purpose in the financial year 2024/2025.

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