Reintroduction of P1 and ECDE. Both public and private teacher training colleges in the country are at high risks of shutting down unless the government reintroduces certificate courses both in primary teacher education (P1)and early childhood development education (ECDE). This is according to the Kenya national union of pre-primary education teachers (KUNOPPET).
While speaking to education news, the KUNOPPET chairperson Lawrence Otunga said that it is important that the government and the ministry of education as well as other involved parties consider reintroducing certificate courses for PTE and ECDE.
In addition, Otunga warned that institutions are at high risks of closing down. This according to him is because there are not enough trainees in teacher training colleges. He also confirmed that these low entries are as a result of the government’s move to raise entry grades. In addition, the move to enroll only diploma students has contributed to this.
Otunga also confirmed that they had warned the government against interfering with entry grades but they did not take it seriously. As a result of this ignorance, low enrollment to teacher training colleges became a serious issue. The government has therefore been forced to revive the grades to C plain without cluster subjects. This is according to latest news which stated that entry grades to either ECDE or DPTE stands at C plain. This is according to latest news which stated that entry grades to either ECDE or DPTE stands at C plain.
If Kenyans can think right, no person in their right senses can go for ECDE when they already qualify for DPTE. I’m addition, a primary teacher is assured of a TSC job unlike a ECDE teacher.
Otunga adviced that KUNOPPET should be involved whenever such serious issues are addressed. He also added that there will be a very serious shortage of teachers in the coming years as a result of what is happening now. This is because production of new teachers has been tampered with.
Reintroduction of P1 and ECDE.