Education Degree Ban: Universities in Kenya are planning to continue offering the Bachelor of Education in September. This follows the declaration of courses for the month of September to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS). The course has been declared as available for students to choose from.
“The course is among the programmes universities declared as available to the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) for students to apply for either Bachelor of Education, Arts, or Bachelor of Education, Science, as has been the norm,” a report that appeared in the Daily Nation said. “Universities are also offering the Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) and Bachelor of Education in ICT as they seek to integrate digital skills in teacher training.”
The Teachers Service Commission is making plans that will see the Bachelor of Education degree banned from its list of acceptable degrees. In its place, the commission will have teachers pursue regular arts or sciences degrees. After graduation, these teachers will then take on a post-graduate diploma in order to qualify for registration as teachers in Kenya.
Under the proposal, secondary school graduates who qualify to join university will do basic degrees in either science or arts before proceeding for a one-year postgraduate diploma training. The TSC would then enroll them as teachers after successful completion of the postgraduate diploma.
Education experts now say the proposed policy is not being advanced because the Education degree is no longer marketable, but to professionalize and regulate secondary school teacher training. The B.Ed was introduced in Kenyan universities in 1972.