The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will start recruitment of additional teachers to support learning in junior school.
The Commission sources have revealed that the recruitment will start any time next month with at least 20,000 teaching slots being advertised.
Teachers looking forward for employment by TSC should check out for advertisement for employment anytime from February.
TSC has admitted that junior secondary schools are grappling with severe teacher shortages.
During the release of KCSE results, TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia revealed that the schools require 99,045 teachers against the current number of 56,928.
The addition of a Grade 8 class has increased the shortage to 42,117 teachers.
During the Taxpayers Day celebrations in Mombasa President William Ruto confirmed that the government will allocate Sh19.7 billion to the TSC to recruit more teachers.
The funds were later made available under the supplementary budget approved by the National Assembly.
“Our budget to TSC has increased by Sh20 billion because we are hiring additional teachers. Some 56,000 additional teachers are on our payroll this year,” Ruto said.
Over the past year, the Kenya Kwanza administration has made commendable strides in tackling the teachers shortage, having employed 35,790 new teachers.
Notably, 1,000 of these were recruited on permanent and pensionable terms for primary schools while 3,986 interns joined the primary school system.
Moreover, an impressive 9,000 teachers were hired on permanent and pensionable terms for junior secondary schools, and an additional 21,365 were recruited as intern teachers for junior schools.
The recruitment drive is a departure from the previous administration’s approach, which hired approximately 5,000 teachers annually.
In July President Ruto said: “For the first time, the government has employed 35,000 teachers this year, a number unprecedented in recent history. By August, we aim to recruit an additional 25,000 teachers, ensuring that every child in Kenya has access to quality education.”