Degree program in education to take five years and a half. Here are other changes in the faculty
TSC has announced slight changes to the Degree requirements for the Bachelor of Education programmes offered in universities.
TSC forwarded the proposed changes KUCCPS who made the announcement on behalf of tsc. Chief Executive Officer, Agnes Mercy Wahome, wrote in details all the proposals that the TSC had forwarded to Vice Chancellors of all the universities in Kenya.
“As part of the qualification proposal to undertake any education programme at the university, undergraduates must take three subjects unlike before, two major and one minor, which they will teach after graduating,” the CEO clarified.
The aim of adding a subject to the workload of prospective teachers, Wahome said, is to fully utilize the teacher and rationalize costs in line with the CBC curriculum.
However, the entry grade for an education degree has been maintained at C+ and B- in the teaching subjects, meaning students applying for the course will have also scored a B- in the third subject of choice.
To teach technical subjects, students must enroll for at least two subjects in the technical field, which they must have the minimum criteria of a B- score. In addition, their score in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics should be a C plain.
Another exception is Science education, where students will be required to have B minuses in only two teaching subjects, although a C plain is still mandatory for English and Math subjectsto be considered for the course.
All other teaching areas will require a minimum B- qualification in preferred subjects, as well as a C plain in English, Kiswahili and Math.
“Mandatory courses that will be undertaken by all are the professional disciplines such as psychology, education foundation and management, curriculum development, mentorship, and research, among others,” added the KUCCPS boss.
They will also be required to undergo a two-term practicum, which is roughly six months long, to cumulatively bring the years of study to five and a half years. Bachelor of Education undergraduates currently take only four years to complete their course.
The changes are aimed at preparing teachers to pass knowledge to CBC learners in junior and senior secondary according to the pathways anticipated by the CBC Taskforce.