New admission grade for students joining teachers’ training colleges

Students joining primary school teachers training colleges will be required to score at least a C+ to qualify for admission.

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Director, Dr Julius Jwan on Tuesday said the students will also pursue a diploma as opposed to the current certificate courses.

“ Such proposals contained in a draft framework for Teacher Education in Kenya are expected to improve the calibre of graduates teaching in primary schools, besides ensuring they remain globally competitive,” said Dr Jwan in a press statement Monday.

The trainees will also learn how to handle pupils with special needs.

He said currently learners in special schools require specialised education to effectively compete with their counterparts from the regular schools, given that they sit for similar national examinations.

CURRICULUM

Dr Jwan said unlike before, representatives of learners with special needs participated in developing the proposed curriculum.

“Teachers trained on special needs for various categories of learners are part of the pilot phase. We are able to tap into their experience to enrich the competency based curriculum that emphasises on continuous assessment,” Dr Jwan said in Nairobi.

He said they are working with other government agencies and experts to ensure the proposed curriculum that seeks to replace the current 8-4-4 system meets the emerging national educational needs.

“The current system has been criticised for being too exam oriented at the expense of other learners’ abilities,” he said.

Dr Jwan added that it is wrong to condemn learners on the basis of one national examination.

Piloting of the proposed curriculum is ongoing. It is targeting more than 30,000 learners drawn from the 47 countries.

PILOT PHASE

The outcome of the piloting will determine if the government will go ahead and roll it out in all schools.

The government has identified 470 schools for piloting this academic year.

Of these, two in each county must be enrolling learners with special needs.

Dr Jwan said, teachers trained on special needs for various categories of learners are part of the pilot phase.

Early Childhood Education (ECD) teachers will also be required to go through the same training process.

KICD Senior Assistant Director-Special Need Education Beth Kahuthia said, at the moment, teachers from the colleges are just trained on how to teach regular learners.

“After the P1 training, they can decide to go for a Diploma in Special Needs Education (SNE),” he said.

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