Dons Criticize TSC’s Attempt to Dictate How Teacher Education Courses Are Taught.
Two weeks ago, vice-chancellors from 36 chartered public universities and six colleges, and chairpersons of public university councils, held a conference in Mombasa.
They demanded the establishment of a dedicated task force to simplify teacher training.
The Dons allege that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has attempted to control how teacher education courses are taught.
They criticized the TSC’s planned diversified curricula in education, claiming that it will stifle effective teacher training.
“The current teacher training requirements should be sustained. TSC should not interfere in teacher training in universities.
“The curricula for teacher training should be harmonized,” said the VCs in a joint statement.
They encouraged the government to allow universities to participate in the revision of the CBC and to continue working with the TSC on the teacher education curriculum.
“The state should establish the role of stakeholders in transformational public university education, develop aspirations and shared visions in the areas of governance, legislation and other regulations that can support public university education to ensure efficiency in governance and optimal operations and functions,” reads a joint statement read by the VC of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT), Prof Ndirangu Kioni.
Prof. Chacha Nyaigoti, chairman of the Commission for University Education, stated that institutions of higher education are preparing for CBC, which will benefit students and learners.
“We are not changing the content of what people cover. We are looking at how people learn. CBC, as conceived, has wonderful advantages in terms of the methodologies that will be applied by the people that will be guiding students and learners. Let us not overblow a problem where there’s none,” said Prof Nyaigoti.
He noted that Kenya has the training and capacity to examine any curriculum, and he added that the country has curriculum developers with extensive training to evaluate CBC.