New TTC entry grades. The ministry of education through education CS Machogu has reviewed entry grades to the new Diploma Teacher Education (DTE) programme. This according to them is because they want to cushion teacher training colleges from enrolling few learners.
Henceforth, students who attained a C (plain) mean grade in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will be able to apply for the diploma teacher education as well as early childhood teacher education (DECTE) irrespective of their grades in the cluster subjects.
The move by the government to remove the cluster combination has been a relief to many. This is because many students were initially blocked from applying for teacher courses. As a result, many teacher training colleges received a very low number of students applying to study teaching. This has been the case since the implementation of the new requirements.
Earlier, the entry grades stood at C- (minus) mean grade in KCSE. The government raised it to a c (plain) mean grade in KCSE with a minimum of C plain in either English or Kiswahili. In addition, a minimum of C plain in mathematics, any humanity and a science.
Students are now called to apply through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) portal. The portal will remain open for application upto the 28th day of July this year. In addition, the ministry announced that there are many slots in these institutions for diploma teacher education as well as early childhood teacher education.
Early this year, a concern on the future of Teacher Training Colleges was raised by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) through their secretary general Oyuu. This was because there was low enrollment in these institutions. It is believed to have emerged as a result of a policy shift in teacher education.
Adding, the Kenya national union of teachers secretary general stated that enrollment has been adversely affected by the revised requirements fir training teachers in teacher training colleges.
New TTC entry grades.