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TSC Proposes Stricter Entry Requirements for Teachers

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TSC Proposes Stricter Entry Requirements for Teachers

In a move set to reshape the teaching profession, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has introduced new proposals in the TSC Amendment Bill, requiring aspiring teachers to achieve at least a C plain mean grade. The changes aim to eliminate the P1 certificate and establish a minimum entry grade of a Diploma for prospective teachers.

The Teachers Service commission emphasizes its commitment to delivering quality education by providing classrooms with highly qualified teachers. Currently, individuals with a D grade qualify for P1 teaching certificates, a standard the TSC seeks to elevate.

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Under the new proposal, Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers must hold a diploma, with a minimum requirement of a C plain mean grade.

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Cavin Anyuor, TSC’s Legal Affairs Director, stressed the importance of English proficiency, asserting that teachers must have scored at least a C- in English and a D in mathematics.

During a media sensitization forum in Nairobi, Anyuor addressed concerns surrounding the contentious registration framework, highlighting the necessity for stringent entry grades.

He argued that teaching, as the foundational profession, should not compromise on quality, especially when compared to professions such as law, medicine, and engineering.

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Anyuor urged Kenyans to consider whether they prioritize having high-quality teachers or if they are content with educators who scored lower grades and are expected to produce exceptional professionals.

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Moreover, Anyuor disclosed plans to collaborate with the Ministries of Education, Labour, and Foreign Affairs to send English teachers to Germany. He emphasized the need to ensure that exported teachers meet high-quality standards.

Amid ongoing changes in the education sector, including the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), the TSC aims to align entry qualifications for teachers with these transformations.

The proposed amendments also introduce provisions for continuous professional development programs and grant the commission the authority to issue and cancel certificates of registration for tutors.

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TSC CEO Nancy Macharia reassured current P1 teaching certificate students that consultations with the Ministry of Education are underway to address their concerns.

Macharia encouraged Kenyans to provide feedback on the proposed qualifications before the TSC Amendment Act is presented to Parliament.

TSC Proposes Stricter Entry Requirements for Teachers

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