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Teacher Trainees’ External Teaching Practice Announced

The Government has announced this year’s Teaching Practice (TP) assessment for teacher trainees.

Teaching Practice had been initially scheduled but was rescheduled and starting and end dates were reviewed.

The Ministry of Education informed those concerned that the rescheduling was made in line with changes in the dates of the examinations. The Ministry communicated this in a circular that was addressed to Principals Special Needs Teachers Training Teacher Colleges, Principals Teacher Adult Continuing Education Centres, Principals Diploma Teacher Training Colleges, Principals of Primary Teacher Education, and Early Childhood Development Colleges.

For some colleges, the Teaching Practice assessment is set to start this August and end in November.

The following are the assessment dates for Teaching Practice that the Directorate of Quality assurance and Standards.

Certificate in Teacher Adult Continuing Education
29th August 2021 to 4th September 2021
Diploma in Teacher Education
12th September to 18th September 2021
Diploma in Special Needs Education
19th September 2021 to 25th September 2021
Primary Teacher Education
29th October to 3rd November 2021
Diploma and Certificate in Education in ECDE
24th October to 3rd November 2021

Besides, the Directorate said that PTE and TCAE Teaching Practice assessments will be done at the same time because of the low number of candidates.

In February, the KNEC released PTE 2020 results with fewer distinctions following complaints of an earlier release that had more distinction grades.

Through an official communication to Principals of Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs), KNEC said that the PTE results printouts were available for colleges and result-slips for individual candidates between Tuesday 9th and Friday 12th February 2021.

The Examiner (KNEC) said that the results were to be collected from KNEC offices that are located in South C in Nairobi this week.

The changes that had affected the results that trended online upon release were not clear.

In earlier releases, all candidates used to score a Distinction in English and Mathematics but that was not the case this time. It is in these subjects that results dropped.

In a communication to college Principals, KNEC advised Principals of colleges to return the printouts that were earlier issued and had been recalled.

In the released PTE 2020 a huge number of Distinctions were reduced to Credits.

Thogoto TTC had 11 Distinctions as opposed to 80 Distinctions in earlier recalled results.

Migori TTC had 4 Distinctions down from 40 Distinctions in the earlier release.

Kaimosi TTC has 11 Distinctions down from 66 Distinctions in the earlier release.

Murangá TTC had 17 Distinctions down from 136 Distinctions

Shanzu TTC had 20 Distinctions down from 85 Distinctions in the earlier release.

Asumbi TTC had 19 Distinctions down from 82 Distinctions.

Last year’s PTE candidates understandably got confused and tense when KNEC recalled all the results they had released to the Teachers Training Colleges (TTCs) last week.

It was not clear at the time why KNEC has resorted to recall the results they had released to the Teachers Training Colleges (TTCs), and whether the results would be canceled. There was also the suspicion that the results had been unusually high with a high number of high-quality grades with Mathematics and English leading across all colleges with a number of Distinctions.

KNEC in their communication revealed that they would release results afresh in the last week and were to communicate the same to heads of all teachers colleges.

The results were not released as planned and the release spilled over to the current week.

KNEC had warned Principals not to release the results after a number of discrepancies were found.

However, most candidates had already known their grades in the PTE examinations.

“Inform the Principals of the PTE colleges not to release the 2020 performance based on the results printouts issued. KNEC will issue the results afresh together with the candidates’ result-slips in the curse of the week. They will be informed when they are ready for collection through email and short messages,” warned KNEC.

Last year’s PTE candidates can now contact the tutors of their colleges and deans alike to know the results of the PTE examinations.

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