11,000 teaching positions are available as the government works to fill staffing vacancies in schools ahead of the start of junior secondary school in January 2023
The National Treasury budgeted Sh2.5 billion to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in the 2022/2023 financial year to employ new tutors as the country prepared to fully implement Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) beginning this week.
11,000 teaching positions are available as the government works to fill staffing vacancies in schools ahead of the start of junior secondary school in January 2023.
According to TSC Chairwoman Nancy Macharia, the commission will immediately begin a competitive recruiting procedure, with the majority of new teachers going to sub-county schools with the most students.
National Treasury presented his budget announcement last week.
Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has set aside Sh2.5 billion from the TSC for the recruitment of 5,000 permanent teachers in the coming fiscal year.
Dr Macharia stated, “I desire to tell the country that the commission would immediately begin the exercise to guarantee that instructors report to work as soon as feasible to alleviate the current shortfall.”
“During the upcoming recruiting, we will place a greater emphasis on staffing sub-county secondary schools, which admit the majority of learners,” she continued.
The TSC has been given another Sh1.2 billion to recruit 6,000 interns to help with the scarcity that is still affecting a number of sectors
“The government has budgeted the TSC Sh1.2 billion in the financial year 2022/2023 to employ 6,000 interns as a stop gap measure to relieve the shortage, which stands at 114,581 teachers,” Ms Macharia said during the announcement of the 2021 KCSE exam results at Mtihani House in Nairobi.
The TSC leader also stated that teachers are prepared to achieve a 100% transition as mandated by President Uhuru Kenyatta when schools reopen tomorrow, while also directing her field officers to remain on high alert.
“We urge teachers to tighten their belts once more as they admit the 1.2 million students to their classrooms. Ms Macharia stated, “It is our goal as a commission to ensure that the 100% transition program succeeds in guaranteeing all children their fundamental right to education.”
According to her, the commission will begin training over 60,000 instructors on CBC tomorrow. She stated that they had trained over 229,292 primary school teachers and teacher training college tutors, with a goal of teaching 116,024 secondary school teachers by the end of the year.
The first phase of this training will involve 60,000 instructors from both public and private secondary schools, as well as special institutions, and will be completed on May 13,” the TSC president noted.
At the same time, Education CS George Magoha reassured parents that the government has taken the required steps to ensure that sufficient teachers are available for the CBC rollout.
“Beginning May 3, we will work nonstop to ensure that all 2021 KCPE exam participants join Form One in accordance with the 100 percent transfer policy.”
Secondary schools are chronically understaffed, and when the CBC is implemented in secondary schools next year, there will be a double intake.
The Head of State has also urged the teachers’ commission to develop a Mwalimu Award for high-performing teachers, and the commission must collaborate with other offices to make this happen.
“I am pleased to report that President Uhuru Kenyatta generously approved the commission’s suggestion to establish a Mwalimu Award to honor outstanding teachers today.”
I am pleased to report that President Uhuru Kenyatta generously approved the commission’s suggestion to establish the Mwalimu Award to honor outstanding teachers today.”
“The President has also asked the commission to collaborate with relevant agencies to investigate options for institutionalizing this award within current policy and legal frameworks,” Dr Macharia said.