The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will employ a total of 58,000 teachers by July 2023 under President William Rutos reign.
The Kenya Kwanza Education Charter says a similar number of teachers will be hired every year to plug the widening tutors gap in public schools.
Ruto promised to bridge the deficit in both public primary and secondary schools within two fiscal years.
“For each phase, we will hire 58,000 teachers when we form the government, to close that gap,’’ Ruto said.
He said Sh25 billion will be set aside annually for capitation, teacher training and recruitment mainly in the marginalised areas so that all students have access to education.
There are approximately over 320,000 teachers who are yet to be absorbed into the TSC payroll.
Ruto promised to hire all the unemployed teachers within two years. He said this would be implemented in two phases beginning the first year that the UDA government takes over.
Dr Ruto will be sworn in today to officially take the office mandate. The swearing which will cost sh 200 million will happen at Kasarani.
The Kenya Kwanza education charter also proposed myriads of goodies including the establishment of a national education fund to mobilise grants, bursaries and scholarships from private and public sponsors to cater for non-tuition costs.
“To this effect, the Kenya Kwanza administration will work towards strengthening day secondary schools to guarantee access to quality education and reduce the cost of education,” Ruto says.
Currently, parents meet the cost of transport, meals, uniform and boarding fees under the Free Primary Education (FPE) and the Free Day Secondary Education.
The Competency-Based Curriculum will also face fresh reviews under Ruto’s government.
Ruto said his government will not scrap off CBC but rather strengthen it by encouraging further engagements with parents, teachers and stakeholders.
He said this will make the education system accessible to all, affordable and relevant to the kind of human capital needed for the economy to grow.
“This discussion is going to be largely about how do we achieve universal access; how do we make sure our education is relevant so that we can use it to tackle the challenges of our time. How do we make education much more affordable for the majority and how do we get quality education where we don’t have half-baked people,” said Ruto.
On this, Kenya Kwanza proposes to introduce alternative class transition criteria from the current knowledge-based academic progression system.
“We commit to continue our robust engagement with the public to facilitate the assessment of the current curriculum and education structure towards finding a sustainable solution that will capture the essence of a knowledge-based system,” he said.
Ruto promised to review it to accommodate concerns from parents, teachers as well as stakeholders in the Education sector.
“As Kenya Kwanza, we support the progression from what we had as knowledge and exam-based education, only, to the new format of knowledge, skills and competence as well as value-based education,” said Ruto.