The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) of Kenya, as established by the provisions outlined in Article 237(1) and (2) of the Constitution of Kenya (2010), assumes a critical role in the management of teachers across the nation.
One of its significant responsibilities entails the registration of qualified and trained educators, a pivotal process aimed at upholding the quality of education, both in public and private educational institutions.
While possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is the typical pathway to teacher registration, there exist specific undergraduate programs where the applicability of PGDE is limited due to curriculum and subject content constraints.
The criteria for eligibility for TSC teacher registration through PGDE typically encompass individuals holding a Bachelor’s Degree and a specialized PGDE in two teaching subjects.
However, there is an important caveat to consider: applicants whose academic backgrounds align with subjects not currently included in the curriculum are ineligible for teacher registration, regardless of their possession of PGDE credentials or additional qualifications.
Courses Not Qualifying for PGDE
- Natural Resources
- Animal Husbandry
- Farm Machinery
- Kiswahili and Communication
- Business Management/Administration
- Banking and Finance
- Actuarial Science
- Environmental Science
- Biotechnology and Agriculture
- All Engineering-related Courses
- Industrial Chemistry
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics
- Technology and Applied Biology
- Microbiology, and more.
The rationale behind this exclusion hinges on the subject content and its alignment with the requisite proficiency for effective teaching. Ineligible courses often lack the comprehensive subject depth necessary for educators to fulfill their roles proficiently.
The mastery of content in two teaching subjects, a fundamental requirement for PGDE eligibility, cannot be achieved when the subject matter is absent from the curriculum or inadequately covered within the courses.