The Teachers Service Commission requires Sh82 billion to recruit teachers in the next five years.
This will enable it to address the biting teacher shortage in schools, currently estimated at about 100,000. This figure could rise to about 120,000 by 2023 unless the number and pace of teacher recruitment is increased.
On average, it will require Sh16.4 billion annually to recruit teachers. Staff shortage worsened this year with the government push for 100 percent transition of learners from primary to secondary.
Due to the shortage, schools have been forced to employ own teachers, which means additional burden on parents. In total, there are 80,000 teachers employed by school boards of management.
Presently, TSC estimates an overall teacher shortage of 96,345 — 38,054 at the primary school and 58,291 in post-primary.
These details are contained in TSC’s new strategic plan, 2019-2023, which among others, indicates the commission’s inability to promote qualified and deserving teachers due to lack of cash.
Recruitment should start in July this year and run until the 2023/2014 financial year.
Last week, TSC told a parliamentary committee that it requires Sh27 billion for recruitment in the next three years. But that was meant to be a stopgap measure.
In an ideal situation and to guarantee quality teaching and learning, TSC requires to hire even more teachers, which is why it makes a higher financial projection.