The Kenya University and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) will admit students to teacher training colleges as part of reforms aimed at improving efficiency in enrollment.
The Ministry of Education has over the years managed the recruitment and placement of students in Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs).
The new policy means that Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates will no longer be eligible to be selected for Diploma in Elementary Teacher Education (DPTE) or Diploma in Early Childhood Development Teacher Education (DECTE) when applying for secondary education training programmes. option can be selected.
Julius Jawan, Principal Secretary, Elementary Education and Basic Education, has said that by recruiting applicants for pre-service teacher training through KUCCPS, they, like others, will be able to benefit from the assistance of the Higher Education Credit Board (HELB), which Enroll in other courses through the agency.
PS made the announcement while addressing members of the Kenya Teachers College Principals Association (KTCPA) during a workshop on education reforms at the Dairy Training Institute in Naivasha on Wednesday.
Data from KUCCPS shows that 69 public and private universities admitted 128,073 students against the available space for 167,046 as more students opted to join TVETs as well as teaching courses.
The number of students securing C+ and above in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination who opted to join technical and vocational education and training institutes (TVETs) increased by 40 per cent, an indication that Technical courses are gaining popularity.
The ministry has also announced that part of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) grant will be used for the modernization of TTC.
GPE, which was launched this year by President Uhuru Kenyatta and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, supports partner countries in building stronger and more resilient education systems to ensure that children have quality education.