Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has today launched the application for placement to diploma teacher training courses, with 13,439 slots up for grabs.
Applicants will be seeking to fill 13,439 slots in the Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE) and Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education (DECTE) programmes, according to the Ministry of Education.
The minimum requirement for eligibility to Diploma Teacher Education is a mean entry grade of C (plain) in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.
For the second consecutive year, the placement of trainees in the 32 public teacher training colleges will be overseen by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), which has opened its online portal for applications.
The DPTE program has 11,358 available slots, while the DECTE Course offers 2,081 admission slots.
Mr. Machogu made this announcement during career guidance and mentorship session for over 3,000 students and Form Four leavers held at Kangaru School in Embu.
KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer Dr. Agnes Mercy Wahome, who spoke at the same event, said the portal will remain open until July 28, 2023.
“This opportunity is for qualified KCSE certificate holders including non-Kenyan citizens who sat the exam in 2022 or earlier until the year 2000,” said Dr. Wahome.
Wahome emphasized that students should align their career choices early enough when selecting subjects in Form 1 and 2.
TTCs To Merge ?
If the taskforce’s recommendations on education reforms are accepted, there is a strong possibility that Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) will undergo consolidation into a single institution, similar to the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC).
Consequently, the Kenya Teacher Training College would house all 34 existing teacher training colleges and establish them as campuses throughout the country.
Additionally, the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER) suggests a restructuring of the Ministry of Education to integrate teacher education within its Higher Education department.
Furthermore, there are plans to modify the current entry requirements for teacher training in order to enhance accessibility, as the existing criteria have resulted in low enrollment rates.