The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has ordered for details of primary school teachers with qualifications to teach in junior secondary schools.
The teachers will help plug in the huge deficit the Commission is facing when schools reopen on 23rd January.
The Commission has asked primary school headteachers to fill and submit a template it has provided to help in getting the teachers who will teach Grade 7 learners in January.
Details which TSC want the school heads to provide urgently through an excel template include;
Name and Gender of the teacher
KCSE Mean Grade
Qualification i.e DIP, BED
KCSE Subject Grade e.g MAT C+ & PHY B-
Year of Graduation
Year of Birth
Junior secondary school has opened a door of opportunities for promotion of primary school classroom teachers who upgraded their PTE certificates to Diploma and Degree certificates.
However TSC is still adamant that only primary school teachers with qualifications to teach in secondary school will be allowed to teach in junior secondary.
This means only teachers with Diploma and Degree certificates in secondary option will be considered for deployment to junior secondary school.
This move automatically locks out teachers with other Diploma and Degree certificates which include those with;
1) Diploma and Degree in Special Needs Education
2) Diploma and Degree in Early Childhood Development Education
3) Diploma and Degree in Education (Primary option)
4) Degree in Education (Secondary option) but lacking C+ at KCSE or C+ in teaching subjects.
It is estimated that around 17,000 primary school teachers have qualifications to teach in secondary school.
The Commission needs at least 60,000 teachers to handle Grade 7 learners later this month year.
So far TSC is recruiting 30,550 teachers for junior secondary school which starts in January 2023.
Of these 9,000 posts are for permanent and pensionable terms of service for secondary school teachers who will be posted to junior secondary schools.
Another 21,550 posts went to recruitment of teacher interns in junior secondary schools. The teachers will be posted before schools reopen on 23rd January.
When TSC chairperson Mr Jamleck Muturi and TSC head of legal affairs Mr Calvin Anyuor appeared before the Education and Research Committee of the National Assembly two weeks ago they said they have a plan to deploy primary school teachers to teach in junior high.
Mr Anyuor, who was representing TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia, said the process to deploy P1 teachers with Diploma and Degree certificates to teach Grade 7 class in January has already started.
“We are currently mapping those teachers and shortly we’ll get the numbers right,” said Anyuor.
The deployment of primary school teachers was necessitated after it was revealed that TSC has allocated only one teacher per class for junior secondary.
Primary schools will receive teachers, according to the number of classes they have for Grade 7.
Anyuor told MPs there are 30,550 Grade 7 classes in the country. TSC has allocated one teacher for every class beginning January.
“If the county has 1,000 classes we have allocated 1,000 teachers,” he said.
Anyuor said the number of teacher’s is based on budget allocation by treasury. TSC chair Jamleck Muturi said the commission will retool primary school teachers to teach Grade 7, 8 and 9.
Muturi said this seeks to ensure all schools have sufficient number of teachers.
“TSC will redistribute teachers who are in primary school who have qualified to teach in junior secondary,” he said.
He said the Commission will in January train teachers on Languages, Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities and Technical subjects.
The training of Grade 7 teachers will involve these subjects and areas offered in junior secondary school section.
i. Languages – English, Kiswahili, Foreign and Indigenous Languages and Kenya Sign Language.
ii. Pure Sciences -Integrated Science Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Health Education.
iii. Applied Sciences – Agriculture, Home science and computer studies
iv. Humanities – Social Studies (Citizenship, Geography, History) Religious Studies, (CRE, IRE, Hindu, HRE and PPI) and live skills.
v. Technical subjects and Creative Arts – Pre vocational and pre career Business studies, music, sports and physical education Home science.
The deployed primary school teachers will be paid as same as those teaching in 8.4.4 secondary schools.
Those with Diploma certificates will start at job group C1 while those with Degree certificates will start at job group C2.
The teachers will be moved to next job group automatically after completing three years as outlined in the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) for teachers.
T.s.c to consider pry sch teachers with experience in subjects like p.h e, art& craft and music since they have the content and can link to jonior sec, very well.
Large cohort is locked out under the adamant to choose who to teach and who to miss out. I tell you but God’s time is the best.
Glory be to God Almighty🙏…
These teachers have waited for long but God’s timing is the best.
I hope it’s a door opening after along wait of almost ten years.He is called a God of all seasons.
TSC should stop backdating its policies,it is very unfair
TSC should stop backdating its policies,it is very unfair
We have p1 teachers who don’t have diploma but are very smart and can even teach secondary.
Congrats to TSC,but will the so gualified trs be enough to cover all learning areas? In all schools in the republic?.
But surely for heavenly sake. What wrong did the teachers who progressed for degrees and diplomas in special needs education did? The fees were higher, the content was demanding and more so it was for the heart of pwds. We are actually downtrodden. But we know God’s time is the best.
Mmmh, And afro cinema continues….
Afro cinema continues…
How about those who trained in secondary option long ago and are headteachers in primary schools. A, level qualification. email@example.com
minimum entry grade for diploma has been C plain,it was unfair to peg P1 a certificate course to Cplain,honestly why are teachers being discriminated yet other fields after doing a diploma with mean of C plain one can go ahead and do a degree and be recognised,anyway time will tell
Just wondering why the special education degree and diploma are not being considered to teach in JSS…I thought there are special needs Learners transiting to grade 7…
Those teachers who had already been deployed to sec from pry can still assist in junior high
What about teachers who upgraded surely
What grade will the C3 who will be taken to junior secondary school be moved to ?
There are teachers who did PRIMARY OPTION and had C+ in KCSE. Consider the content, it really marries CBC. PLEASE CONSIDER THEM.
Am just wondering now that diploma in special need is not valid for grade 7 teaching what will happen to those learners who are visually impaired and need to learn mathematics braille, kiswahili braille and English braille
I would like to assist my Kenyan students with my knowledge
Eagerly waiting 🙏
Still waiting for detail collection from my region…… What God has blessed,no man can curse.
It is like those of us who did diploma in special needs tulikosea TSC. Hadhuru
What about p1 who are graduates and had already been moved to c3?Will they be deployed?Previously they were left out when teachers were deployed to teach in Secondary
Is agood idea though in my subcounty have not heard the information yet.
What about those who have been training since 4th October and are ready to teach CBC
Discrimination of by TSC in Kenya is at its peak. For sure, why should you neglect the teachers who persued degrees in other areas of education like ECD, PRIMARY option and in SNE, and recognise only those with secondary option? So they wasted their resources in vain? God is seeing this.