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TSC Rubbishes Abolishing Maths Requirement For Teachers

Teachers Service Commission has rejected a proposal by universities to do away with  Mathematics as a compulsory subject  for students seeking to join degree and diploma  teaching programmes. 

TSC wants Mathematics to remain a compulsory subject and that the proposal by vice-chancellors, registrars  and deans under the auspices of the Kenya  Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (Kuccps) should be annulled. 

TSC Quality Assurance and Standards  Director Dr Reuben Nthamburi yesterday  said Mathematics literacy is critical in the implementation of competence based curriculum and that teachers must be trained on how to best handle it.

His remarks came barely a week after a similar Kuccps meeting with universities on  placement criteria for degree programmes,  which proposed introducing alternative  subjects for Bachelor of Education and removal of Mathematics as part of minimum  subject requirements. 

“We, as TSC, would want to clearly state  that the issues of entry requirements of the  Bachelor of Education are still under discussion. We have met the executive committee of vice-chancellors and agreed to  have another meeting,” said Nthamburi.

TSC Minimum Academic and Professional Requirements for Registration of Teachers

  GRADE CURRENT REQUIREMENT
a ECDE CERTIFICATE
 i.  Minimum of CPE/KCPE plus ECDE Certificate from KNEC.
ii.  Minimum mean grade D+(Plus) at KCSE and ECDE Certificate from KNEC.
iii. Minimum mean grade D (Plain) at KCSE, KNEC proficiency certificate, ECDE Certificate from KNEC Diploma
DIPLOMA
i. Mean grade C (Plain) at KCSE and ECDE Certificate from KNEC.
 ii. Mean grade C+ (Plus) and above for University Diploma
DEGREE
i. Mean grade C+ (Plus) and above
b  PTE i. Minimum grade C Plain in KCSE and above
ii. PTE Certificate from KNEC
iii. Mean grade of C- (minus) for visually and hearing impaired persons
C Diploma in Education i. Minimum grade C+( Plus) in KCSE and above and C+ (Plus) in the two subjects specialization.
ii. At least C (Plain) in English
iii. C (plain) in Mathematics for Science-based courses
iv. D+( plus) in Mathematics in non-science based courses
d Diploma in Education for Visually and hearing impaired i. Minimum grade C (Plain) in KCSE and above.
ii. At least C Minus in English
iii. C- (Minus) in Mathematics for Science based courses
iv. D (Plain) in Mathematics in non-science based courses
e Bachelor of Education i. Minimum mean grade C+ (plus) and above or its equivalent.
ii. C+ (Plus) in two subjects of specialization
f Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science i. Minimum grade C+ (Plus) in KCSE and above and C+ (Plus) in the two subjects of specialization.
ii. Post graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

 

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