Proposed scrapping of education degree sparks reactions

Tech-Asis Girls’ school principal Mrs. Julia Kichwen. Mrs Kichwen has backed the proposed reforms in the education degree programme. Photo/Aspect News

A proposal by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to scrap the Bachelor of Education degree program by September has enlisted mixed reactions among leaders and scholars within Trans Nzoia County.

The proposal wants all universities to cease offering the course within months, with all students who wish to pursue a career in teaching being required to take a regular ARTS or SCIENCE degrees followed by a one-year post-graduate diploma in education to qualify for registration as teachers.

Tech-Asis Girls’ school principal Mrs. Julia Kichwen welcomed the proposal saying it will ensure those who don’t land a chance to teach can still fit in professional fields within their initial academic qualifications.

“Curriculum review is a continuous process. We call on TSC to implement the changes in a transition manner so that those already enrolled in the degree program is not affected,” said Mrs. Kichwen.

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Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa said TSC should furnish Kenyans with grounds that that informed their decision to arrive at that decision which is the requirement for all professional bodies.

“The proposal is not unique because there are countries which have similar curriculums for Dr. Wamalwa spoke in Kitale.

Endebess MP Dr. Robert Pukose said the Commission would have subjected the proposal to a public participation exercise to get input from stakeholders before implementation.

“Constitutional bodies must seek the input of Kenyans on any suggestion since their mandate is delegated. One cannot just purport to speak the minds of all Kenyans,” Dr. Pukose spoke at Buala Secondary School.