By Kibet Tobias
Are you among the over 100,000 candidates who scored a D+ in last year’s KSCE?
There are many reasons why you didn’t perform well or attained the grade you expected. But that should not stop you from achieving your dreams. Remember, life is not about scoring a C+ or an A.
But if you have been wondering about a course you can pursue with your grade, here is some good news just for you…
The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) through its Director, Dr Juma Mukhwana has finally lowered the entry requirements for diploma and certificate (P1) courses for those wanting to pursue teaching.
Dr Juma has declared that that those with D+ and above in KCSE examination will be now be in a position to be admitted to teacher training college in Kenya to pursue a P1 courses.
He revealed that KNQA had been in talks with all stakeholders to keep them informed on the developments.
On the other hand, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed raised concern over the low number of candidates applying to join teacher training colleges yet the government is investing a lot of resources in the sector.
She said the ministry has to address this issue, or else they will not get secondary and primary school teachers in future.
“We are phasing out P1 teachers. Those joining next year will not study for a certificate, but a diploma,” said the Cabinet Secretary.
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So which are the best colleges you can chose to study P1 in Kenya 2018?
1. Bondo Teachers Training College
The college was established in 1988 by the government and has emerged to be a center of excellence in training P1 teachers. It sits in a forty-five-acre community donated field in Bondo, Siaya County along Bondo-Usenge Road.
Bondo TTC offers reputable P1 teaching instructions to learners with ECDE and ICT qualifications.
2. Murang’a Teachers College
It was established in 1991 in Murang’a County.
And it admitted about 360 learners to various programs offered at the time.
MTC has produced competent P1 instructors admitted reasonably from across the country.
3. Thogoto Teachers College
The college is situated in Kikuyu, Kenya and grants learners with a remarkable learning opportunity in P1. P1 Certificate course takes a minimum of 2 years.
To earn a place at Thogoto Teachers College, visit their website and apply.
4. Asumbi Teachers Training College
If you want to be a professional P1 teacher, Asumbi Teachers Training College might be the best place for you to start.
It is located in Homabay County and guarantees learners high-quality training. The college also promotes learners’ talents through extra-curricular activities.
5. Kericho Teachers College Kericho
It is situated along Kericho-Nakuru road in Rift Valley Kenya with a capacity of more than five thousand students.
The institution has well-maintained hostels, good security and a friendly environment to the learners.
In 2013, it was ranked among the best Teachers colleges in Kenya.
6. Narok Teachers College
The institution was started in 1991 and is among the first five colleges to be opened at the time.
It is situated in Narok County and admits a large number of P1 students from all over the country.
7. Tambach Teachers Training College
Tambach is a public institution which was started in1980/90s and offers primary school teachers with sufficient academic and vocational training.
It is located along Eldoret-Kabarnet Road in Keiyo North District.
8. Kamwenja Teachers’ Training College
This is among the leading teachers training institutions in Kenya. It is located in Nyeri Town along Kingongo-Ihururu road.
The college was started in 1924 under the sponsorship of a Missionary Society.
In the end, as you can see, if you scored a D+ in the previous year’s KCSE, these are just but a few colleges you can choose to pursue your P1 course. Remember this new program will help you to gradually get into the university, so use this opportunity!