Dr. Nthamburi said that universities should understand the new areas and emerging issues in education so that they can align their content accordingly, and revealed that they have previously met all the vice-chancellors of the universities and soon they will all join the university. Will meet Vice Chancellor and Faculty.Deans will consider how they will align their courses
Some universities have gone very fast, they have started linking their degree courses with CBC,” said Dr Nthamburi.
Recently, a battle for supremacy between TSC and universities has emerged over who controls the university program, with a proposed policy for reviewing TSC’s standards of education and training.
Policy titled Framework on Entry Requirements in Teaching Services which was prepared by Dr. Nthamburi; and to sensitize the Dean of the University, School of Education on the teacher education framework on the requirements for admission to the teaching service.
As per the proposed policy, the Commission seeks to revamp (change) the Bachelor of Education programme; Which is one of the most famous and popular programs offered in almost every university in the country, and replace it with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Science (BSc) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGD).
The Commission was of the view that from September this year, universities should start offering this program which will take three years along with one year for PGD.
This means that in the near future, the commission will register and employ teachers only after successful completion of a professional postgraduate diploma.
As per the proposed policy framework the entry grade in BA or BSc, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education mean (KCSE) grade of w B- (minus) and in three teaching subjects will be a mean grade of C+.
This was a change from the current requirement where universities admit students to Bachelor of Education programs in two subjects of specialization with a minimum KCSE mean grade of C+ (Plus) and above or its equivalent C+ (Plus).
The CBC Education Task Force, in its final report, recommended that the University Education Commission (CUE) should accelerate the development and review of university programs to align with the proposed three pathways to senior secondary school.
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