The Teacher Education Examinations for this year are slated to begin on July 4, 2022, and end on July 27, 2022, and the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has begun the nomination process for center managers, supervisors, and invigilators who will be involved in their administration.
For this reason, the examinations board has asked the Instructors Service Commission (TSC) for assistance in finding teachers to fill those roles during the administration of this important examination for teacher education.
The Commission advised all of its sub-county directors to identify and nominate the exam officials and further vet them before deploying them to the KNEC Contracted Professionals (CP2) System in a circular signed by Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Nancy Macharia.
The Kenya National Examination Council would like to have the details of all the Center managers, supervisors, and invigilators who will be involved in the activity in order to prepare for the administration of these examinations, according to Dr. Macharia in the circular. “The 2022 Teacher Education Examinations are scheduled to start on July 4, 2022, and end on July 27, 2022,” he said.
The circular further instructs the TSC Sub-county directors to make sure that the number of supervisors and invigilators were rationalized to match need, especially during the optional papers. It was copied to KNEC CEO Dr. David Njengere and TSC Regional and county directors.
“The center managers should make sure that only the necessary number of supervisors and invigilators report on each day of the exams, and that daily online attendance is obtained. Dr. Macharia noted in the circular that this will prevent teachers from loitering around testing locations without any involvement.
The TSC Circular states that the Teacher Certificate in Adult Education (TCAE) examinations will take place from July 4, 2022, to July 6, 2022. The Primary Teacher Education (PTE) examinations will begin on July 4, 2022, and end on July 13, 2022
The exams for the diploma in early childhood development education (ECDE) will begin on July 4, 2022, and end on July 7, 2022. The exams for the diploma in special needs education (SNE) will begin on July 4, 2022, and end on July 14, 2022.
A total of 151 invigilators and 110 supervisors will work at the 90 PTE Colleges and testing locations, compared to 74 invigilators and 22 supervisors at the SNE Colleges.
The 443 ECDE colleges and examination centers will have 976 invigilators and 443 supervisors, while 7 centers for TCAE colleges will have 7 supervisors and 16 invigilators. The 18 Diploma Teacher Education Colleges, with a total entry of 889 candidates, will be managed by 50 invigilators and 20 supervisors.
The former Primary Teacher Education Certificate (PTE), formerly known as the P1 Certificate, has undergone a name change to Primary Teacher Education Diploma (DPTE), which is primarily designed to prepare teacher candidates to teach the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) following graduation.
Since the tutors will properly guide the teacher trainees to embrace the shift from the Objective-Based to the CBC, which is based on the use of learner-centered methodologies for realization of expected outcomes, TTCs are expected to ensure that the teacher trainees receive the proper training and professional development, which will accord them an opportunity to engage in research.
For both courses for holders of a KCSE certificate, the new admission grade has been raised from C-(minus) to C(plain), with C(plain) in English or Kiswahili, Mathematics, and any Humanity and a Science.
This is a change from the former standard, where only those with a mean grade of C-(minus) were taken immediately without any subject-specific requirements.
However, in the nationwide hiring process that has begun, candidates with impairments and those with a mean KCSE grade of C-(minus) will be given preference.
In contrast to the previous curriculum, which required only two years of study, the new curriculum requires three years of college for teacher candidates, as well as a three-month micro-teaching course that will also be required of DECTE candidates.
The primary goals of CBC are to broaden learners’ knowledge, experiences, and imaginative understandings as well as to foster moral values for lifelong learning. As a result, training the tutors was necessary so that they could guide the first cohort of Diploma teachers.
The CBC taskforce claims that pre-service Competency-Based Teacher Education (CBTE) will give the educational community a significant chance to train teachers in the CBC methodology.
The taskforce advised that the education ministry make sure that all instructors in pre-service teacher education training colleges are trained in the proper interpretation and application of the framework and designs of the teacher education curriculum.