Woe Unto Teachers, TSC To Ban Bachelor of Education Degree.
The Teachers Service Commission is making plans that will see the Bachelor of Education degree banned from its list of acceptable degrees. In its place, the commission will have teachers pursue regular arts or sciences degrees. After graduation, these teachers will then take on a post-graduate diploma in order to qualify for registration as teachers in Kenya.
(B. Ed) course that has seen thousands of Kenyan students train to become teachers will soon be no more. This comes as part of reforms intended to usher in the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
TSC wants the proposal implemented beginning September 2021. The B.Ed degree has existed as the basic training course for teachers in Kenya since 1972.
The teachers’ employer gave C+ (plus) as the minimum entry grade for those who want to train as teachers and a minimum of B-(minus) in three teaching subjects.
This is not the first time that attempts at scrapping Bachelor of Education are being made. In 2019, proposals by Education ministry policy experts had recommended that the popular B.Ed be abolished and replaced with a five-year rigorous teacher training programme.