The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has started posting more than 8,000 new recruits, with most of them set to report to schools today. The 8,090 teachers are to support a new government policy to have all primary school leavers enrolled into secondary schools. Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia said 7,817 teachers had already received their appointment letters, while 273 had been vetted but their appointments were pending due to lack of requirements as per checklist.
“A total of 903 teachers have received their appointment letters to teach in primary schools while 6,914 will teach in secondary schools,” said Mrs Macharia. The new teachers are supposed to plug a severe staffing shortage in public secondary and primary schools — estimated to be 155,000, said Mrs Macharia in a brief dated August 31.
RECRUITED 8090 TEACHERS
The TSC advertised for 8,700 positions, but has only managed to recruit 8090, which is less by 610 teachers. A total of 7,672 were to be sent to the secondary schools while 1,000 were to be posted to primary. The commission had asked the government for Sh8.3 billion to recruit 12,626 secondary teachers annually for four years, translating into 50,504 teachers to support the transition, but the government only gave Sh5 billion.
The TSC is also recruiting 4,683 teachers to replace those who have exited service through natural attrition. Mrs Macharia said 4,245 teachers would be posted to primary schools while 438 teachers would be deployed to secondary schools and colleges. The teachers are replacing those who left in July, this year, alone. According to the TSC, there are close to 290,000 trained teachers who are yet to be employed.