KECEPTIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE HELD IN KWALE COUNTY

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KECEPTIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE Tuesday, October 30, 2018

KWALE COUNTY

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The Kenya Early Childhood Education Private Training Institutions Association (KECEPTIA) National Chairman, James Kasaine Selel, has applauded the 55 early childhood development education training colleges in the country that support the pursuit of lowering the entry grades for the early childhood education development training colleges. He talked of the drafts for the mock examination papers being ready and the mock examinations scheduled for December 4 to 6, 2018 in a session which will start on November18 to 19, 2018.

He announced that currently the KECEPTIA has about 300 members. He was speaking to the KECEPTIA members during their association’s 12th annual conference held at the Diani Forest Lodge in Ukunda Sub-County of Kwale County from September 12 to 16, 2018 where Dr. Peter Kinyua from the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and Wilson Chelimo from the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) were the chief guests at the function. “Enhancing ECDE through competence based curriculum” was this year’s theme.

The last year’s KECEPTIA Annual Conference was held at the Kitui Parkside Villa Hotel in Kitui Town in Kitui County. Selel assured the meeting of the good relationship existing between the KECEPTIA and the KNEC, KICD and Education Ministry offices. “Your participation in the ongoing conference is highly anticipated,” the KECEPTIA official told the members as he officially welcomed them to the conference.

He also commended the coming of the new members who had the 12th conference as their first conference. And he also congratulated Madam Felgona Ndeda of the Imara Early Childhood Education Development Training College in Nairobi for providing the KECEPTIA office and storage space at her institution. In reaction to his speech, the members suggested that the KECEPTIA come up with a pay bill number where some payment like the annual contribution can be contributed through. And in his speech, Kinyua informed the KECEPTIA members about the need for the curriculum change.

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He talked of the vision, mission and the pillars of the Kenya’s competency based curriculum. Where he explained the core competencies which need to be nurtured in the curriculum. Kinyua talked of the paradigm shift that we adapt given the new curriculum is in place. And he informed the members that the vetting of the curriculum support materials has been done and the piloting is on course as well as monitoring and that the members of the public would be guided as to the beginning of the official implementation.

The educationist also informed the KECEPTIA members that the KICD had developed the child caregivers syllabus and trainers handbook available in the institute’s bookshop. He confirmed to members that the syllabus for the teacher training had not been changed hence the training institutions would still continue to use what is provided. Addressing the occasion, Chelimo informed the members of the enhanced management and security of the examinations since 2016. “The KNEC is now having examinations containers with double locking system in every sub-county in Kenya instead of using police armory,” Chelimo said. He added that the ECDE examinations in the country shifted from December to April as a matter of the stakeholders agreement. He said that the marking would be done in the same month and results released in May. “The teaching practice is to be conducted between January and March. And the continuous assessment test marks are to be uploaded between 1 and 30 of March 2019,” the KNEC official added.

“There is need for qualified trainers in our colleges especially in the area of research. The colleges need qualified persons for the principal’s position since during the examinations they double as centre managers with a number of duties such as ensuring the materials required for examination conduct are availed, ensuring no examination materials are lost before being submitted to the KNEC and ensuring all other unauthorised persons are kept out of the examination centres,” Chelimo further said.

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The KNEC is also transiting to the competency based assessment which will be rolled out soon, the educationist said. He encouraged the members to use the query management system which is an electronic means used to sort some of the queries they (the members) may have on the KNEC. Chelimo read a list of the colleges with un-cleared debts with the KNEC and another list of colleges with uncollected certificates. And in reactions to his speech, the members noted that the level of the examination offered to proficiency candidates has been tightened as opposed to how it started- sometimes too high for class 8 leavers.

They noted that every year there is mass failure in a particular paper but the response was that the KNEC does not have predetermined result but the whole thing lies with the examiners who also spend time to coordinate the paper before starting the actual marking. They felt that the government through the KNEC should consider lowering the entry grades for the ECDE courses just as it has been heard of the primary teacher education and diploma teacher education. But the KNEC responded by saying they also saw it in the media and that they have not been involved in consultation but they stand guided by the syllabus produced byKICD. Zacharia Kabiru, who had represented Evelyn Owoko from the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Standards at the function, noted that the early childhoof years are the foundations of learning where the children’s minds are opened for future learning.

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Giving the directorate’s observation on the 2017 external teaching practice exercise, he said that there were strengths and challenges noted. And he cited the positive turnout of the pre-assessment meetings, the forms A, B and C presented in time and accurately done and most trainees well prepared and had adequate number of assessments as some of the strengths. Kabiru said that some teacher trainees lacked professional records or either had scanty records. He said few colleges had less number of assessments for their trainees and some lacked clear record of those who conducted the assessments and dates. “Some students are noted to be attending their schools of practice irregularly or some changing schools without notifying the colleges.

The dressing code among the trainees is worrying and they need to be advised,” the officer said. He said the colleges that register students from other colleges would have to take full responsibility of such students, adding that the colleges that consistently do not register students with the KNEC would be recommended for closure.

The KECEPTIA National Treasurer Pascal Kiio read the previous year’s financial report in the presentation of the financial report. The members voted that the next year’s conference to be held in Mombasa County. The Association of Sisters who had attended the conference informed the members of the sensitisation programme they run for women and parents and that they are ready to partner with various colleges in extending the very service to various parts the country.

They gave their contact address: aoskec@aoskenya.org and telephone: 0703765522 with the contact person being Sister Jane of AOSK.

The end of the story.

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