It will now not be easy for you to pursue a degree in education without meeting set minimum grades in Mathematics and English.
According to the new requirements proposal by TSC to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), a candidate must have to score at-least a B- minus in English to undertake any teaching degree programme. This is in addition to the minimum cluster points set by respective universities.
A student will also have to score a minimum of a C (plain) in Mathematics so as to be admitted to a Bachelor of Education (Arts) course. Those seeking to be science teachers must score a minimum of a B- ( minus) in Mathematics and a C+ (plus) in any of the Sciences offered at high school.
According to the commission this is intended to prepare the new crop of teachers for the Competency Based Carriculm CBC. TSC will not register any teacher who does not attain these requirements.
The above requirements will lock out many Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) graduates especially those 2021 KCSE Candidates intending to pursue teaching related courses.
However, the entry grade for an education degree has been retained at C+ and B- in the preferred teaching subjects, meaning students applying for the course will have also scored a B- in the third subject of choice.To teach technical subjects, students must enroll for at least two subjects in the technical field, which they must have the minimum criteria of a B- score.
In addition, their score in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics should be a C plain. Another exception is Science education, where students will be required to have B minuses in only two teaching subjects, although a B- plain still suffincient in English and Mathematics to be considered for that course.
All other teaching areas will require a minimum B- qualification in preferred subjects, as well as a B- plain in English, Kiswahili and Math.
Mandatory courses that will be undertaken by all are the professional disciplines such as psychology, education foundation and management, curriculum development, mentorship, and research, among others,” added the KUCCPS boss.
They will also be required to undergo a two-term practicum, which is roughly six months long, to cumulatively bring the years of study to five and a half years.
Bachelor of Education undergraduates currently take only four year to somplete their course