TOUGH TIMES AHEAD FOR TEACHERS HOLDING ONLY A PTE CERTIFICATE
Since the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) has been fully implemented from Grade 1 to Grade 6 in all primary schools, the instructors Service Commission (TSC).
Has declared that primary school instructors holding only Primary Teacher Education (PTE) certifications will become obsolete. In order to teach in a primary school in the next school year, you will need more than just a PTE certificate.
The Commission plans to hire P1 teachers who have completed the Competency Based Teacher Education (CBTE).
n particular those PTE teachers who have improved their degrees to the current Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE), according to a recent report from the teachers’ employer.
The Commission emphasizes that the minimal entry grade into the teaching profession will be a Diploma, meaning that only teachers with DPTE would be eligible for employment in primary schools.
There will be no more instructors in job group B5, which is the present entry grade for elementary school teachers, and any teachers who are hired successfully will be placed in job group C1.
Speaking at the Kenya School of Government on October 5, 2023 for World Teachers’ Day, TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia disclosed that 46,000 teachers are now hired on internship terms, with permanent status to be confirmed in 2025.
In February and August, the Commission hired a total of 20,000 intern instructors. After renewing the contracts of 4,005 intern teachers whose one-year terms had expired in December 2021, it placed 1,995 of them in schools in January 2022.
Previously, TSC awarded P1 educators who adopted the CBE 10 bonus points in their job applications. In response to a taskforce proposal calling for all P1 and ECDE teachers to complete training to satisfy the requirements of the new curriculum, thousands of elementary and preschool educators registered in certificate upgrades leading to the CBC Diploma.
The first groups of students to enroll in Kenya’s teacher training program have graduated and been awarded Diploma certificates by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).