The Bachelor of Education program is one of many courses offered at universities and colleges in Kenya, and because there are few to no job hunts required following graduation, it is believed to be the most marketable program.
Following graduation from college, some graduates are hired by the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC). Some probably end up working as instructors in prestigious private institutions like the International School of Kenya, Brook House Academy, Sunshine Secondary School, and Aga Khan Academy, among many others.
The marketability of your subject combination and the availability of opportunities are more important factors in landing a job in such institutions than your college or university of attendance; the lucky ones may succeed even with subject combinations that are highly competitive.
All you need to keep in mind is that while teaching is a marketable profession, not all subject combinations are in high demand; as a result, expertise and professional advice are required when choosing subject combinations to pursue for your teaching career. Both Bachelor of Education degrees in the arts and sciences offer the combination of employable subjects.
Also keep in mind that the Teachers’ Service Commission established a rule requiring you to have at least a C+ (C plus) in that subject in your high school performance in order to choose that subject as your field.
Before the TSC passed this regulation, a student might attend college, major in education, and score a D or even a lower grade in the subject. It was also feasible for teachers to major in fields other than their chosen ones during their high school years. Please take note that the subjects i will discuss below are the most recent and in-demand marketable combinations Up to 2025, this may still be the case.
Case where a subject combination becomes a hotcake.
When there is a deficit or complete lack of teachers countrywide in that field of specialization, subject combinations become popular or the most marketable. When TSC first started hiring teachers in 2014, some Bachelor of Education in Arts specializations—for instance, History and C.R.E.—were among the most in-demand subject combinations.
Since many teachers chose to work in banking, there were teaching vacancies, making the combination of business studies and mathematics marketable. Because of this, a lot of students enrolled in business and math classes, which were obviously overcrowded. As of right now, the Teachers’ Service Commission is only hiring 2017 graduates in that field of specialization, leaving the most recent graduates without employment.
The top 14 TSC subject combinations to choose from if you want to find employment quickly are as follows:
- Agriculture and Biology
- Biology and Chemistry
- Chemistry and Mathematics
- Computer Studies with Any Subject
- Geography and History
- Geography and Business Studies
- Home Science with any Subject
- Mathematics and Computer Studies
- Mathematics and Physics
- Physics and Chemistry
- French with any Subject
- Kiswahili and Geography
- Home Science with any Subject
- Music with any Subject