TSC Teachers to Start Handling at least 3 Subjects, Here are the Latest TSC Vetted Subject Combinations 2022/2023
The Latest TSC News reaching us today now shows that the Teachers’ Service Commission is planning to overhaul the teaching sector in Kenya by forcing high school teachers who are currently handling two subjects to take an extra subject for effective Competence-Based Curriculum implementation.
This news has caught the teachers unawares given that the majority of them have already mastered their content comfortably over the years and garnered experience to teach two subject combinations only.
The currently available TSC subject combinations encompass
TSC approved subject Combinations for Science and Arts 2021/2022
One way of choosing the best subject combination approved by TSC us by doing research on the vacancies that TSC and Boards of Management if Schools are having difficulties to fill.
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Some of the subjects that are facing a big shortage of teachers at the secondary school level in Kenya as per data gotten from recent TSC recruitment drives and the Kenya Secondary Schools Association are as follows:
Drawing and Design
Art and Design
Other subjects currently experiencinh teacher shortages include:
Foreign languages like French and German
Bachelor of Education – Arts available subject Combinations
The table below provides some of the available marketable subject combinations;
You can choose any subject combinations at secondary school level from the following units in Universities like Kisii University, Egerton etc.
History & Government
Literature in English
Bachelor of education science subject combination –available options
If you’re planning to pursue a Bed. (science), the following subject combinations are offered in schools of education at universities like MKU, KU, Maseno, etc.
SUBJECT 1 SUBJECT 2
Mathematics Computer Studies
Physics Computer Studies
Biology Home science
Agriculture Home science
Business Computer Studies
Bachelor of education science Course structure
Of course, the Bed. (Science) programme is tailored to make you a professionally qualified teacher who can competently handle STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects in Kenyan Secondary Schools as well as middle level colleges.
Now, in universities like Moi, students must take chemistry and mathematics, plus any other content subjects (for example, physics, botany/zoology etc.) in the first year.
You drop one of the content units and take up your two specialized subjects, one being a major and the remaining a minor from the second year.
You are supposed to get the skills required to teach the major subject up to the KCSE (form 4) level so you’ll spend most of the time covering the content for this subject.
The rest of the time is dedicated to the minor subject in your preferred bachelor of education science subject combination – you teach this up to the form 2 level- meaning that the content to be covered is relatively less.
You normally complete it by the time the third year comes to a close.
However, the professional methodology is given equal emphasis for both the major and minor subjects.
bachelor of education arts units
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Requirements to do bachelor of education (science)
Of course, before you even think about the best combination in teaching, you need to have met the minimum entry requirements for the degree in science education program.
Here is a summary of the requirements to pursue a Bachelor of Education (science) degree at leading Universities like Egerton.
KCSE mean grade of C+ with the following minimum grades for each subject:
C+ in Mathematics
C+ in one of the following:
(i) Physics or
(ii) Chemistry or
(iii) Biology or
Have a B- in one of:
– Physical Sciences
– Biological sciences
Alternatively, you may be granted admission if you hold a Diploma or an S1 certificate in science(Education) from recognized Institutions.
Note that it’s a must for you to have scored a C+ in each of your selected teaching subjects to qualify.
Universities offering Bachelor of education (science) in Kenya
Once you have settled on a suitable Bachelor of Education science subject combination, the next question is to identify a university to attend studies.
Now, overall, some of the most popular universities when it comes to bachelor of education courses are:
Kenyatta University (you even have the option of taking up the Kenyatta university long distance learning option)
University of Nairobi
Perhaps you can check out the above universities.
Chuka University and Meru University can also be excellent alternatives.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is mandated by Kenya constitution to recruit, promote and remunerate teachers according to the stipulated guidelines and regulations of TSC Act.Currently the commission is led by Dr. Nancy Macharia who has been working tirelessly to implement any changes in the service to promote and raise teaching standards.
According to TSC, implementation of Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) will require all secondary school teacher have more workload as compared to what they have been delivering under the old 8:4:4 curriculum.According to the latest reports, secondary school teachers will be required to teach three subjects.
Trusted sources have revealed that all teachers employed by the commission will be also introduced to Information Communication Technology (ICT) course will as an added skill.
Therefore,all teachers are advised to be comply with CBS requirements for better delivery of their services. The introduction of Teacher Program Development (T.P.D) modules to all teachers is one of the requirement for preparation to implement CBC.