The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will recruit a total of 35,000 teachers by December next year.
The Commission will recruit both primary, junior secondary and secondary school teachers on permanent and internship terms. However many of the teachers will those handling junior secondary section.
In a budget TSC was allocated Sh322 billion where Sh3.8 million is meant for the hiring of 20,000 new teachers this year to support junior secondary schools which was rolled out in January.
Sh11.1 billion will be for salaries of the 20,000 interns and 10,000 teachers hired on permanent and pensionable terms in February.
Already some junior secondary school teachers have received their salaries this month. However some are yet to be paid.
When TSC CEO Nancy Macharia appeared before Parliament she said that after one year the intern teachers will be absorbed into permanent and pensionable terms of service.
“If we want to recruit more teachers we have to allow ourselves to have more interns then they will be turned to P and P eventually,” Macharia said.
The CEO said the commission can only take in around 8,000 teachers if they are to directly hire them on permanent and pensionable terms.
“They will be P and P in 2025, they serve as interns for one year then they progress to be absorbed,” she said.
Narok County Woman MP Rebecca Tonkei had inquired how long it takes for an intern to be absorbed.
“If you recruited 20,000 this year what is the plan to have them on P and P and for how long will they be interns?” Tonkei said.
Lugari MP Nabii Nabwera said running the sector on interns is not sustainable.
He inquired why TSC doesn’t want to recruit permanent and pensionable teachers this year.
“What is the reason you don’t want to recruit them this year but you want to recruit them in 2024?” he posed.
All interns who were serving in 2022 were absorbed to be permanent and pensionable teachers.
This is according to a memo signed by TSC director of staffing Joseph Mugele dated January 11.
“The interviews for the exercise commence on January 13 and recruitment documents are scheduled for February 6,” the then memo read.
The director had requested that the interns should not be removed from the payroll.
This, he said, would help in waiting for their employees under the new terms.
In a statement in December, the commission said 10,000 of the teachers will be employed on permanent pensionable terms while 25,550 will be interning.
It said 9,000 of the slots are for permanent secondary school teachers and 1,000 for primary school teachers while 21,550 slots are for intern teachers for Junior secondary schools.
The commission said another 4000 intern teachers will be hired for primary schools.