Primary schools will start receiving junior secondary school (JSS) and primary school intern teachers early September this year when schools reopen for third term.
The teachers are expected to ease the teaching burden especially in junior secondary which is set to roll to grade 8 in January next year.
Two weeks ago the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) had announced 20,000 teaching vacancies across the country.
Among the 20,000, the commission is set to hire are 18,000 interns for Junior Secondary Schools.
TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia announced that the remaining 2,000 recruits will be assigned to primary schools to help implement the competency-based curriculum (CBC).
“The programme targets unemployed registered teachers to be assigned to learning institutions where their teaching experience will be enhanced through mentorship, coaching, and exposure to practical teaching experiences,” Macharia said.
The duration of the internship is one year. Those willing and qualified were given up to July 18, 2023, to send their applications.
Successful candidates for the Junior Secondary School will earn a monthly stipend of Ksh20,000 while the successful candidates for Primary Schools will earn Ksh15,000.
However TSC asked for funds from government so that it can confirm on permanent and pensionable terms 20,000 teachers recruited on internship in February this year.
Speaking at the Kenya School of Government during the launch of the TSC 2023-2027 strategic plan, TSC Chairperson Jamleck Muturi said the teachers will be demoralized if they work on intership for long.
Muturi revealed that the Commission has a plan to confirm the teachers in January 2024 if they get the required funds for doing so.
In its five year plan TSC intends to spend sh 11 billion for promotion of teachers, sh 7.9 billion for training teachers on CBC, TPAD and PC, sh 24 billion for recruiting teachers on internship and sh 73.8 billion for recruiting 111,870 teachers on permanent and pensionable terms.
The Commission has a policy that require intern teachers to serve for a maximum of two years before being converted to permanent terms.
The government expects to recruit at least 25,000 teachers every year for the next five years. In January, TSC recruited 36,000 teachers.