Tinderet MP Julius Melly has rejected a move by Education Cabinet Secretary(CS), Ambassador Amina Mohammed to lower the entry grades for teacher training colleges.
Speaking during a Radio Interview with Emoo FM, Melly, who is the National Assembly Education committee chairperson, said the move was ill informed.
He pointed out that lowering entry grades will affect the quality of teachers.
“Lowering of minimum entry standards for teachers will also lower the quality of teachers leading to a failed future,” said Melly.
The lawmaker said teaching should not be made a low-tier profession for bottom end performers at a time when the country is anchoring to equip the future generation with skills and knowledge.
In June this year, the Education CS gazetted regulations stating that the minimum entry KCSE grade for a diploma course in teaching is C minus and grade D for a certificate course.
In the new rules, students seeking a diploma in education will need a C plain or C- in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), down from the previous C+.
Those seeking a certificate (popularly known as P1), will need a D+, down from a C plain.