At least 30,000 teachers will be hired starting January, President William Ruto has said.
The President spoke yesterday Wednesday after he officially opened the Komarock South Primary School funded by the Embakasi Central NG-CDF.
Dr. Ruto noted that this will mark the first phase of absorbing more than 116,000 teachers to bridge the existing gap in schools.
If it comes to pass, the recruitment would be in line with President William Ruto’s campaign promise that, if elected, his government would employ 116,000 teachers in two years to bridge the current shortage in public schools.
It would be the single largest recruitment of teachers ever and would push the number of teachers on the government payroll to 400,000.
Last week the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) met with TSC Regional and County Directors in an effort to meet the requirements of the current government with the biggest being employment and delocalization.
The meeting came shortly after the TSC boss Nancy Macharia revealed that talks are ongoing regarding employment of 58,000 new teachers.
Macharia said this during the celebrations to mark World Teachers Day at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi.
She, however, did not provide the timelines for the recruitment.
“Consultations are ongoing with the Presidency on teacher recruitment and we shall be giving updates of the progress as we go along. Be assured that the Kenyan teacher can only expect good things going forward. We shall be telling you how to go on with this recruitment as per the Kenya Kwanza Charter,” Dr Macharia said.
In the education charter signed with stakeholders in the education sector in June, Dr Ruto committed to “ensure that the current teacher shortage of 116,000 is fully bridged within two financial years by employing 58,000 teachers at a cost of Sh25 billion per year”.
Yesterday Deputy President, Rigathi Gachagua, said they will meet TSC for talks next week to chart the way forward on teachers matters regarding employment and delocalization.
Gachagua spoke on Wednesday during the launch of the induction of the 49- member working party in Karen.
The team was appointed to submit recommendations to spearhead a review of the education sector.
The President also said the Government will work with the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) to upgrade school infrastructure.
President Ruto assured the country that the school feeding programme will be expanded and made more inclusive to boost enrolment and performance.
On his part, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua challenged Members of Parliament to be open and accountable in the use of CDF “for more development to be realised at the grassroots”.