A proposal to terminate contracts for P1 Certificate teachers has been approved and implemented by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
According to a document titled “Framework on Entry Requirement in the Teaching Service,” the TSC plans to do away with the requirement of a P1 certificate for entry into the teaching profession.
The TSC replaced the P1 certificate for a diploma based on the CBC as part of the new framework. To teach students in grades 1 through 6, prospective teachers need to complete the requirements of the Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE).
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According to the framework, all prospective teachers in Kenya should have a bachelor’s degree in education before being recruited. Teachers who have completed ECDE, PTE, DTE BED, DIP ED, or SNE programs, however, will have their post-training upgrade certificates considered by the TSC.
Teachers who wish to teach Grades 1-6 and Grades 4-6 with a focus on native and foreign languages are required by the Commission to have a PTE issued by the KNEC and a minimum Mean Grade C (plain) or its equivalent at the KCSE.
TSC records show that over 229,000 P1 teachers are now enrolled in various Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) to earn higher certification levels. P1 teachers who were seeking to secure employment without pursuing further education in Primary Teacher Education (PTE) are dismayed by these new proposals.
There have been rumblings that TSC may stop hiring P1 certificate teachers in 2024, at which point those who haven’t already advanced are strongly encouraged to do so.
However, when practicum and KNEC assessment fees are factored in, the total cost of P1 teacher training might reach 100,000 shillings at many colleges.