A plan to scrap off the Bachelor of Education degree in the Kenyan Universities has been hatched by the ministry of Education. This comes days after Prof. George Magoha – Education CS – proposed for the closure of a number of degree courses.
The fate of the 47-year old Bachelor of Education course lies in radical proposals fronted by the Education ministry. The experts from the ministry propose that the course be scrapped off and thus be replaced by a five-year teacher training programme.
Students from secondary school who qualify for a post in the university and wish to become teachers will do basic arts or science degrees before going to the next level where they will train for one year in a post graduate diploma training.
After the postgraduate diploma training, the student teachers will be enrolled to the TSC (Teachers Service Commission.) register.
The government will establish Kenya School of Education, which will offer final exams and also offer certification.
The five-year training will be achieved in two tiers, structured in this way; First, the student teacher will have to complete a bachelor’s degree in either arts or science in two subjects that te student teacher wishes to teach. These first four years will focus on instilling subject content skills.
After completion of the bachelor’s degree as described, the student teacher will then do a post-graduate diploma course in education, that will run throughout the fifth year.
All secondary school teachers will get their certification thus getting the green light to teach after completing of the post-graduate diploma.
The final year course will emphasize on equiping the student teacher with etics and management skills.