Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has reaffirmed that it will not lower its grades for teachers who are seeking to teach in primary and secondary schools despite mounting pressure from relevant stakeholders.
Currently, the minimum requirements for one to teach in secondary school are that the teacher must score a minimum KCSE mean grade of C+ and at least C+ in the two teaching subjects.
This undoubtedly a blow to primary school teachers who had furthered their studies to attain degrees in a bid to be considered to teach in secondary schools yet they did not attain C+ in either KCSE or the two teaching subjects.
On the other hand teachers who intend to teach in primary school will only be allowed to teach subjects they scored a C plain in their KCSE exam.
While addressing head teachers in Mombasa, TSC Deputy Director of Staffing Antonia Lentoijoni said although the qualification requirements were not popular with teachers, they would improve quality of education.
“The Teachers Service Commission has raised the entry point of teaching in the country to have the right kind of people to offer quality education to our children,” said Lentoijoni.
It is increasingly clear that the decision now locks out teachers who scored C- or C and have degrees from going to teach in secondary school, despite a suggestion by Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Collins Oyuu that teachers in primary school be allowed to teach Grade 7 and 8 in junior secondary school because several of them have masters degrees.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) Chief Executive David Njengere also told the same meeting that the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) education system will go a long way in changing lives of Kenyan children.
Njengere stated that CBC favours every child whose talent will be developed without being subjected to examination.
“You cannot have sustainable development in a country where others are being excluded from participating in the development of the country just because of they did not pass an examination,” stated Njengere.