TSC Makes Final Decision On Minimum Requirements For Teacher Trainees.
The Teacher Service Commission (TSC) has said that mathematics subject is a mandatory requirement for candidates eyeing diploma and degree teaching programs.
The commission has rubbished the proposal which was presented last month by the KUCCPS team to remove the mathematics subject as a mandatory minimum requirement for candidates wishing to join a teaching career where the subject is not core.
TSC wants mathematics to remain a mandatory requirement for candidates wishing to join the teaching profession and has therefore declared the KUCCPS proposal null and void.
Yesterday the TSC quality assurance and standards director Dr Reuben Nthanburi said that literacy in mathematics is paramount in the new competency-based curriculum and therefore all tutor trainers must be taught how best they can handle the subject.
According to the TSC quality assurance and standards, director mathematics is a basic requirement in the measuring, evaluation and assessment methodologies hence can not be avoided.
Dr Nthamburi further said that the entry requirements for universities bachelor’s of education are on and nothing had changed in terms of subjects requirements for admissions.
For those who joined diploma in teaching in May this year, the minimum mean grade requirement was a C (plain) in KCSE and C plain in Mathematics, English, Humanities and Sciences for primary teacher education.
On the other hand, for secondary teacher education, TSC entry requirements were a mean grade of C+ in KCSE, C plain in Mathematics and English for science-based and a C+ in the two teaching subjects. For non-science-based one is required to have a mean grade of C plain, D plus in mathematics and C+ in the two teaching subjects.
Lastly, the TSC quality assurance director said that there is a need to prepare teachers well to deliver in CBC.