Teachers with a Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE) would be given preference in Teachers Service Commission (TSC) recruitment interviews.
Around 229,000 teachers are now enrolled in one of the country’s accredited Teacher Training Colleges (TTC).
Dr. Nancy Macharia, the Commission’s CEO, said she is pleased that the KCSE results will be released soon and will aid in the implementation of the new curriculum.
P1 teachers who are updating their abilities and are among the 229,000 expected to graduate with the new Diploma have been praised by a number of Commission officials.
Mr. David Nganyi, the TSC Coast Regional Director in charge of Quality Assurance and Standards, informed the trainee teachers a week ago that they would have firsthand experience after they graduated.
Nganyi claimed there is no way TSC could employ the unskilled when there are skilled workers out there during the Kenya Teachers Colleges Sports Association (KTCA) Coast Region Athletics Championship held at Shanzu TTC.
“We are eagerly awaiting your arrival; as soon as you graduate, we will immediately incorporate you as long as you pass all of your units,” Nganyi added.
TSC Director for Quality Assurance and Standards, Dr. Reuben Nthamburi, hinted at giving priority to instructors with CBC abilities at the end of last year.
Nthamburi encouraged teachers who have not yet enrolled in the upgrade program to do so before it is too late.
A taskforce suggested that both P1 and ECDE instructors take the necessary training to keep up with the new curriculum’s demands. The program began in October of last year.
At the conclusion of the training, the learners will receive a Diploma certificate.
By May 13, 2022, the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) has urged college principals to register Diploma upgrading candidates for national examinations.
Registration Fees for DPTE Upgrade Programme Assessments
Assessment Fee Payment Breakdown Amount (Kes)
Basic Fee 1,200
Assessment Fee for all Subjects 12,000
Practicum Fee 2,500
Total Assessment Fees 15,700
In the CBTEC the professional learning areas have been redone to include new information to align them to competency based curriculum.
The CBTEC expects a primary school teacher to be grounded in all the subjects offered in primary schools, therefore upgrading PTE teacher trainee will be exempted from the subjects they had specialised in and take only those they did not take in the certiﬁcate course.
1. Professional Learning Areas – 414 hours
2. Content and Pedagogy – 786 hours
3. Practicum – 300 hours
Total – 1,500 hours
The upgrading programme shall take 4 terms for DPTE. This period will not be extended despite a suggestion by TTC Principals to extend it by six more months.
Graduates for the Upgrading Programme shall be expected to teach all the subjects offered in the area of training.
The next intake will be in September 2022 for P1 teachers who want to upgrade to the new Diploma.
The taskforce said blended learning and distance learning will be considered in due course.
Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) proposed upgrading Programme distributed as follows:
CALENDAR FOR DIPLOMA UPGRADING STUDENTS
Term Opening Closing Duration
Term 1 4th October 2021 23rd December 2021 12 weeks
Holiday 23rd December 2021 3rd January 2022 1 week
Term 2 3rd January 2022 8th April 2022 14 weeks
Holiday 8th April 2022 29th April 2022 3 weeks
Term 3 3rd May 2022 5th August 2022 14 weeks
Holiday 6th August 2022 25th September 2022 7 weeks
Term 4 26th September 2022 25th November 2022 9 week practicum
For P1 teachers who want to upgrade to Diploma Primary Teacher Education (DPTE) they must meet the following requirements;
1. The applicant must possess a valid PTE Certificate
2. The applicant must be registered by the Teachers Service Commission.
3. The duration of the course shall be 1500 Hours.
4. The Course shall be fully residential.
5. The trainee shall take all courses specified in the upgrading programme of Diploma in Primary Teacher Education
6. The trainees shall undertake a Teaching Practicum of 300 Hours.
7. To be awarded the Diploma, the trainee must complete the required hours for Course Work and the stipulated assessment by the Kenya National Examination Council.
8. Applicants shall be required to produce evidence of adherence to positive morals and good behavior.