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Fresh Hope for Teacher Graduates and University Students as BEd Row Takes a New Twist, VCs Intervene

Fresh teacher graduates and University Students taking Bachelors Degree in Education now have renewed hope as universities come to their intervention concerning the scrapping of BEd degree by the Teachers Service Commission. The ministry of education had also issued a statement supporting the scrapping of BEd degree. 

This has however spelt a new clash between the Education Ministry and the Universities. This comes as Kenyatta University vice chancellor contradicts the proposal by CS Magoha over scrapping of the decades old BEd starting from September intake. 

KU Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Wainaina toughly opposed the proposal by TSC to do away with the BEd degree which hundreds of thousands of employed and unemployed teachers have studied. The scrapping of BEd in Kenyan universities would lender certificates null and void especially for unregistered teachers. 

The Vice Chancellor for Kenyatta University poked holes to TSC's plan to do away with the degree. 

The Teacher Service Commission had issued this proposal after successfully scrapping P1 certificate which a number of primary school teachers had trained in. This was however replaced by diploma. 

According to the Kenyatta University Vice Chancellor Professor Wainaina, universities in the country operate autonomously and the programs offered are usually developed independently as accredited by CUE. The VC added that TSC should come up with envisaged recommendations to implement new strategies for teacher education. 

Professor Wainaina has revealed that majority of universities offering Bachelors of Education have already aligned the degree to the new CBC curriculum.

Professor Wainaina also illustrated that teachers who undergoes one-year pedagogy Post Graduate Diploma in Education which is subordinate to Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts are much disadvantaged compared to the training of teachers under the current BEd training process. He affirmed that pedagogy should be taught alongside the subjects a teacher is specializing in.

Kenyatta University VC has also criticized the new proposals adding that BA and BSc will produce half baked teachers due to less contentet coverage since teachers are supposed to cover three subjects within three years in the new proposals issued by TSC.

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