Embu Senator seeks clarification on the fate of P1 teachers after qualification was removed

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Education CS Ezekiel Machogu. MoE's phasing out of P1 qualifications has thrown the sector into confusion.

Senator of Embu County Alexander Munyi has written to the Senate seeking clarification on what will happen to P1 teachers whose qualifications have been shelved and replaced with Diploma certificates or higher.

The Senator wants to be furnished with a statement from the Standing Committee on Education on the fate of teachers possessing Primary Teachers Education Certificate (P1) and Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) certificates only.

This follows the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) guidelines that phased out the P1 certificates.

The Senator is also asking the committee to state the number of teachers holding P1 and ECDE certificates and are currently employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and county governments.

He too wants timelines provided for the proposed upgrading programme for the under-qualified teachers to attain the required Diploma qualifications, as well as the fate of the blended upgrading programme as initially outlined in circular NO MOE  HQS /3/1/ (50) which was to resume post-normalization of the school calendar following disruptions caused by the Covid -19 pandemic.

Finally, he wants the ministry to state the interventions to address the situation of the teachers under TSC who have not had the opportunity to upgrade their qualification to a Diploma level in light of the failure to resume the blended upgrading programme, explaining how this aligns with the policy requiring all primary school teachers to possess a Diploma in Primary Teachers Education.

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