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MOE Releases 2020 Term Dates For Diploma In Teacher Education (DTE), Primary Teacher Education (PTE), Early childhood Development Education (ECDE)

Ministry of education has released 2020 term dates for Diploma in Teacher Education (DTE), Primary Teacher Education (PTE) and Early childhood Teacher Education (ECDE).

The release of the 2020 term dates is inline with head of state directive during the 12th Covid-19 address to the nation. As result, the Cabinet Secretary on 29th September, 2020, directed phased out resumption of face to face learning in all Tertiary Institutions.

1. Diploma in Teacher Education (DTE)


Opening date

Exam dates




3rd years

5th october, 2020


13th - 15th

October, 2020


16th​​ October, 2020


3rd years will be in college for 2 weeks to complete 

Their knec exams


1st & 2nd years​​ 


19th​​ october,​​ 2020



18th December, 2020



Continuing students to be​​ 

In college for 9 weeks for

Their third term.



NB: The 2021 Academic Calendar will be released at a later date. 

2. Primary Teacher Education (PTE)


Opening date

Exam dates




Final year


5th​​ October, 2020


23rd​​ November to 2nd​​ December 2020

3rd​​ December 2020

Students will be in college for 9 weeks and will do their TP for 1 month when primary 

schools open. 





3. Early childhood Teacher Education (ECDE)


Opening date

Exam dates




ECDE Certificate​​ and Diploma


5th October,​​ 2020


20th - 23rd October, 2020

24th​​ October,​​ 2020


ECDE candidates will be​​ in college for 3 weeks. and Diploma 

Exams to be done on 

the 3rd week


2nd​​ Years Full Time ECDE Students

26th​​ October,​​ 2020



18th​​ December, 2020


Continuing students​​ 

will be in college for​​ 8 






The Ministry has also developed health and safety protocols for implementation by all leaning institutions in readiness for the resumption of studies. These measures are in line with guidelines of the Ministry of Health, which will be relied upon to provide further advice on the COVID-19 containment from time to time.

Here are COVID19 containment guidelines;

  1. All Teacher Training Colleges shall engage with trainees to build confidence about COVID-19 preventive and control measures to ensure health and safety of the college Community.
  2. Teacher Training Colleges shall ensure availability of clean running water for drinking and handwashing.
  3. Teacher Training Colleges shall maintain updated bio-data of all trainees and staff  and contacts of their parents/guardians for easy management of COVI-19 related emergencies.
  4. All Teacher Training Colleges shall ensure trainee transportation in the College buses comply with the Legal Notice No. 50 of 6th April, 2020 which licenses vehicles to carry not more than 50% of the capacity or as shall be advised by relevant authorities from time to time.
  5. Colleges shall ensure adequate security and safety measures, including provision of a fence/barrier and guards to restrict unauthorized entry into (and exit from) institutional premises. Visitors shall be restricted to all training institutions.
  6. All Teacher Training Colleges shall provide adequate liquid soap, cleaning  detergents and disinfectants to ensure proper hygiene practices.
  7. All Principals of Teacher Training Colleges shall ensure daily cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and objects that are frequently touched by many people (stair railings, desk tops, knobs, light switches, walls, desks, door frames and window handles, teaching and learning materials).
  8. Teacher Training Colleges shall put up signs and posters that require and remind staff, trainees and visitors to maintain social distancing as well as hand washing and personal hygiene.
  9. All Principals of Teacher Training Colleges shall ensure proper use of facial masks or face shields that must be worn by trainees and staff at all times.
  10. Principals of Teacher Training Colleges shall ensure educational facilities that were used as quarantine centers are disinfected and confirmed safe and ready to resume operations,
  11. All Principals of Teacher Training Colleges shall ensure availability of temperature guns for daily monitoring of body temperature for all trainees and staff.
  12. Training Institutions shall strengthen guidance and counselling services and provide psychosocial support to trainees and staff.
  13. All institutions shall develop clear and specific institutional based policies, procedures and processes for prevention of spread of COVID-19 in line with the guidelines on health and safety protocols.
  14. Institutions shall establish mechanisms for mental, psychosocial and spiritual support to learners, staff and parents,
  15. Teacher Training Colleges shall revise rules and regulations to be responsive to the changes occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic including consideration to trainees and staff with preexisting conditions, most vulnerable trainees and those living with disabilities.
  16. Each Institution shall constitute a COVID-19 Response Committee and maintain strong networks with the nearest health facility, the County Rapid Response team, National Government Administrative Office and nearest Education Office to strengthen surveillance mechanisms.
  17. All training institutions shall align their reopening plans in respect of infrastructure, water and sanitation and hygiene preparedness.

It should be pointed out that the country is still at risk of the COVID19 Pandemic hence the need for strict adherence to all Government mitigation protocols at all times. Detailed guidelines and protocols for colleges reopening and continued studies are accessible on the Ministry of Education website.

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