TSC Makes U-turn on Bachelor of Education Degree

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    Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia addresses the media in January 2020 in Nairobi
  • Teacher Service Commission (TSC) chairperson Nancy Macharia made contradictory remarks regarding the commission's proposal to permanently scrap off the Bachelor of Education degree course.

    Speaking during the release of the Form one selection results exercise on Tuesday, June 15, Macharia stated that the commission had no powers to scrap off any university programme.

    She added that the role of determining degrees is mandated to the Universities' Senate.

    "TSC's mandate is limited to reviewing and advising on standards of education and training of persons entering the teaching service," Macharia stated.

    A Kenyan teacher with pupils in class

    Initially, TSC had advocated to scrap off the degree and instead advocate for teachers to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science course for three years. 

    After attaining the degree, teachers would then enroll in a post-graduate course for one year before they are cleared to apply for a TSC number.

    The proposal to scrap off the degree had raised concerns among key stakeholders in the education sector who poke holes in the proposed move.

    Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) Kenyatta University chapter's Secretary-General George Makokha had also opined that the Bachelor of education degree should continue being issued to interested candidates.

    He added that the union would only support change that benefits and improves the quality of education in universities.

    TSC's move was aimed at ensuring an in-depth training of teachers in order to impart various teaching methods. Further, the extensive training would equip them with skills as well as develop teachers' ethics.

    TSC Quality Assurance Director Reuben Nthamburi had affirmed that the change was expected to take off in September.

    "In order to profesionalise the teaching service and improve the quality of education, the commission needs to review entry grades to the teaching service and advice the national government.

    "This will raise the standards of the teaching professional and attract more quality grades," he stated.

    Teachers Service Commission headquarters in Nairobi
    Teachers Service Commission headquarters in Nairobi