The majority of teachers who applied for the Diploma upgrade program have confirmed that they have been invited to join a specific Teacher Training College (TTC) to begin training on October 4th.
According to the recommendations, both P1 and ECDE instructors will be required to attend the mandatory training, which will begin next month.
It will take 4 terms for DPTE (Diploma Primary Teacher Education) and 5 terms for DECTE (Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education). Both will include course work as well as a full term of physical activity.
Successful graduates of the Upgrading Programs will be expected to teach all of the subjects given in the training area after the exercise.
In addition, the taskforce stated that blended learning and distance learning will be considered for the Diploma upgrade program in the future.
It’s also worth noting that the Upgrading Programs’ overall content and pedagogical hours will be 786 hours for DPTE and 1176 hours for DECTE.
Teachers who upgrade to ECDE will complete all of the learning areas in DECTE in more hours than those who upgrade to PTE, but they will both have a teaching practicum of 300 hours.
Furthermore, all P1 teachers will only teach subjects that they did not study in college.
According to the taskforce report, “The CBTEC expects a primary school teacher to be grounded in all of the subjects offered in primary schools,” so upgrading PTE teacher trainees will be exempted from the subjects they had specialized in and will only take those they did not take in the certificate course.
This experiment presently only applies to PTE and ECDE candidates who are unemployed.
“When the school calendar goes back to normal after the COVID 19 Pandemic had disrupted it, all teachers in service with the Teacher Service Commission (TSC), County Governments, and Private Schools will be expected to begin the blended upgrade program,” said a team made up of TSC, MOE, and KICD officials.
Teachers who desire to upgrade to the Diploma Primary Teacher Education (DPTE) must complete the following requirements:
- Applicant must have a valid PTE certificate and be registered with the Teachers Service Commission.
- The course will take 1500 hours to complete.
- The course will be entirely residential.
- All courses in the upgrading program of the Diploma in Primary Teacher Education must be completed by the trainee.
- Trainees must complete a 300-hour teaching practicum.
- To receive the Diploma, the trainee must complete the required hours of Course Work as well as the Kenya National Examination Council’s evaluation.
- Applicants will be expected to show proof of upholding positive principles and good behavior.
These major elements must be met by ECDE instructors who seek to upgrade to the Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education (DECTE).
- Have a current ECDE certificate.
- The Teachers Service Commission must register you.
- The duration of the course will be 1890 hours.
- The program will be entirely residential.
- All courses in the Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education Upgrading Program must be completed by the trainee (DECTE).
- The trainees will complete a 300-hour teaching practicum.
- To receive the Diploma, the trainee must complete the required hours of Course Work and pass the Kenya National Examination Council’s examination.
- Applicants will be asked to show evidence of upholding positive moral ideals and behaving well.
The cost of upgrading a diploma varies depending on the college; most private TTCs charge between Sh. 79,000 and Sh. 84,000, while public TTCs charge Sh. 65,000.