The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec)) has asked Principals of Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) colleges to collect results for their 2021 candidates which are ready for pickup.
Through an email and SMS Knec has asked colleges to pick their results at Mitihani house in Nairobi. Colleges are expected to issue the 2021 candidate with result slips.
The 2021 candidates are the last lot to sit for the ECDE Certificate and Diploma courses under 8.4.4 curriculum.
The examiner had assured those who will get referrals that they will be given a“Am hopeful to get better results cause I had prepared well and did my best in the exams,” said Saumu Shombo, a candidate in Kwale DICECE awaiting for her results.
Most of the ECDE colleges were thrown into oblivion after coming of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). Currently only selected Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) offer training for ECDE teachers.
The minimum KCSE entry grade also changed to C (plain) locking thousands of form four leavers from taking the course.Currently those studying Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education (DECTE) take three years and must have at least C (plain) in KCSE exams.
In addition the teachers must have C (plain) in Mathematics, English and Kiswahili. They must also have C (plain) in humanities (any one subject) and sciences (any one subject).
For candidates with special needs the entry grade is C- (minus) including the subjects required above.In July last year the Ministry of education and other stakeholders issued a circular requiring all p1 and ECDE teachers to upgrade to DPTE and DECTE respectively.
However those who are employed by TSC and counties will wait till 2023 when they can start the training which takes six months.
Those who joined are already registered for their final assessment. The registration happened in December.
Currenlty ECDE teachers are employed by county governments which pay differing salaries. However in a recent resolution the governors agreed to implement ECDE schemes of service for teachers.