TSC rejects CS Magoha’s plans to scrap Education degree

Days after Education CS George Magoha proposed  to scrap the Bachelor of Education degree, the plan is facing opposition from the teachers’ employer.

In radical proposals by Education ministry policy experts, the popular B.Ed will be abolished and replaced with a five-year rigorous teacher training programme.

Despite receiving major backing from secondary school teachers and principals, insiders familiar with the proposal say it could wait longer as it lacks goodwill from the Teachers Service Commission.

Scrapping the degree has been in the offing since 2005 when the idea was first introduced through the Sessional paper No.1 of 2005.

This was later backed by the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association in 2016, this time proposing formation of the Kenya School of Teaching.

However, it remained a pipe dream with allegations of conflict of interest over the plan between the TSC and the ministry.

TSC is alleged to have feared the ministry plan would take their place in the review of education and training of persons entering the teaching service.

Further, the commission felt the government would strip it of the mandate to register trained teachers.

In addressing the two concerns, TSC proposed to establish an institution similar to the Kenya School of Education that it would run and manage.

This would put the commission at the centre of managing and certification of teachers, something the ministry is against.

The commission is accused of failing to send a representative to various meetings held by the ministry to deliberate on the matter.

If adopted, Kenya is likely to follow the footsteps of colonial master Britain that offers a one-year post-graduate diploma.

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