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Diploma in Primary Teacher Education, DPTE courses, selection criteria (Minimum Requirements), Available Intakes, Application Deadline and Reporting Dates 2021

Diploma in Primary teacher education, dpte 2021

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Diploma in Primary Teacher Education, DPTE courses, selection criteria(Minimum Requirements), Available Intakes, Application Deadline and Reporting Dates 2021

DPTE intake 2021: Applications for the New Diploma courses introduced by the Ministry of Education in preparation for the full roll-out of the Competency Based Curriculum,CBC were expected to end before 20th April according to the directives issued by the ministry of education.

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The newly appointed Basic Education Permanent Secretary Dr.Julius Jwan however extended the Application period to April 20th and asked willing applicants to apply beginning April 6th 2021.

However, it has been noted that most Teacher Training Colleges are likely to suffer a huge blow because so far the applications received are below please as opposed to the expected enrolment rates even after the extension of the application period.

DPTE qualifications 2021

The major reason for the low numbers is that most applicants failed to meet the minimum entry requirements.

Applicants are expected to join TTCs and choose to study either Diploma in Primary Teachers Education, DPTE, or Diploma in Early Childhood Development Teacher Education, DECTE.

Applicants are required to have a mean grade of C Plain in KCSE or its equivalent with a C Plain in English, Kiswahili, Mathematics and a C Plain in any of the Humanities and Sciences subjects.

For applicants with disabilities;

One should possess the minimum entry grade of C- (minus).

Duration: The courses will take three years in accordance with the approved curriculum designs.


Reporting dates: Selected candidates are to report to their respective colleges by Monday 3rd May 2021. It will be a one day reporting exercise.

About the new diploma in primary teacher education, DPTE 2021


Quick key notes about the course

A) Application -Ongoing
B) Available Intake- May 2021
C) Minimum Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is C Plain in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination (KCSE) or its equivalent as equated by the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec).

D) Course duration

The duration for the diploma training shall be three years, according to the approved curriculum designs.

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E) Specialization

The teachers’ trainees will only specialise in three subject areas, having attained a minimum KCSE grade of C (Plain) in the learning areas they wish to focus on.

Course Clusters

The areas for specialisation have been grouped into four clusters, but teachers will only pick one subject per category for specialization.

Candidates shall specialise from the first year in at least three learning areas preferably from any one of the four clusters.

Cluster one subjects

Kenya Sign Language
Indigenous Languages
Foreign Languages (German, French, Arabic and Mandarin (Chinese).

Cluster two subjects

Home Science
Science and Technology

Cluster three subjects

Social Studies
Religious Education (CRE, HRE, IRE)

Cluster four subjects

Art and Craft
Mandatory subjects
Physical and Health Education (PHE)
Kenya sign language for hearing impaired
The mandatory learning areas will build on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the young teacher for effective lesson delivery.

F) Evaluation/ Assessment

Those who will be approved to teach in schools will have completed the required hours for coursework and passed the stipulated assessment as directed by Knec .

They will also be required to have completed the required hours for the practicum and passed the stipulated assessment as directed by Knec.

There shall be three months micro-teaching undertaken as a course and will be a pre-requisite for teaching practice.
During this period, teacher trainees will prepare learning and teaching materials and short lessons, which they will try on their peers for practice and feedback.

G) Placement

These trainees upon completion of the course will be registered and employed by Teachers service commission (TSC) to teach in primary schools across the country.


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  1. Edwin k Cheruiyot says

    Admission Ni lini for diploma in primary

    1. News Pro Team says

      May 2021

  2. barnabas says

    i had meet the minimum requirements but i was not selected 😭😭

    1. News Pro Team says

      Take heart, Barnabas. Your time will come

  3. Okioga says

    Helloo when did the letters come out
    And if you don’t report on the same day does it becomes null

    1. News Pro Team says

      The CS confirmed that the first cohort will report in May but there is still another intake in August this year.

      1. Chepngetich Mercy says

        Can i still apply now and get admitted on August?

        1. News Pro Team says

          Of course

  4. Romanus Mutua says

    how do I know whether i was selected or not?

    1. News Pro Team says

      You will receive an admission Letter.

  5. Kiplangat koros says

    Tiresome indeed for me I completed my p1 course in 2017 tsc employ me first then I go for dpte.

    1. News Pro Team says


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