Third Year students pursuing Diploma in Teaching Education (DTE) will sit their Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) tests one week after returning to class, the Education Ministry has said.
Third Year learners in all the Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) in Kenya will report to school on Monday, October 5.
The candidates will write their exams from Tuesday, October 13 to Thursday, October 15, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha said in an October 1 memo addressed to all the principals of TTCs in the country. The students are expected to close school on Friday, October 16.
“Third Years will be in college for two weeks to complete their KNEC exams,” said Magoha.
First and Second Year TTC students will report to school on Monday, October 19. The ministry says this lot will close school on December 18, 2020.
“The continuing students to be in college for nine weeks for their third term (studies),” said the Education minister.
Learners pursuing a course in Primary Teacher Education (PTE) will be in school from October 5 to December 3, 2020, said Magoha.
“The students will be in college for nine weeks, and will do their Teaching Practice (TP) for one month when primary schools open.”
Learners pursuing certificate and diploma courses in Early Childhood Teacher Education (ECDE) will report to school on October 5. Final Year students will sit their exams between October 20 and October 23, 2020. They are expected to leave college on October 24.
“ECDE candidates will be in college for three weeks. Exams will be done in the third week,” said Magoha.
Second Year (full time ECDE) students will report back to school on October 26 and close on December 18, 2020.
“The continuing students will be in college for eight weeks,” said the Education CS.
Magoha said as part of COVID-19 containment measures, the TTCs “shall ensure availability of clean running water for drinking and handwashing”.
“All TTCs shall provide adequate liquid soap, cleaning detergents and disinfectants to ensure proper hygiene practices. [In addition], all TTC principals shall ensure daily cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and objects that are frequently touched by many people (stair railings, desk tops, knobs, light switches, walls, desks, door frames and window handles, teaching and learning materials,” directed the minister.
Magoha further instructed that students and academic staff must ensure that they properly use face masks or facial shields at all times.
The CS also ordered the TTCs’ administrations to constitute COVID-19 Response Committees, which will “maintain strong networks with the nearest health facilities, the County Rapid Response team and the National Government Administrative Office to strengthen surveillance mechanisms”.