CBC Training To Resume As TSC Reveals Mass Recruitment Plan for Junior Secondary Teachers.
The Teacher Service Commission (TSC) has announced that it will prioritize recruiting teachers for Junior Secondary schools during the upcoming January mass recruitment of new teachers.
In their preliminary report, the presidential working group on education reforms directed recruiting 30,000 additional teachers for the junior secondary, which was scheduled to begin courses in January.
Friday in Mombasa, after witnessing the introduction of exam papers for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) at the Nali DCC office, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia stated that the country’s secondary schools already lacked 68,000 teachers.
“We shall use some of the new 30,000 teachers for junior secondary as well some for primary schools and the rest will go to the 8-4-4 students. These are the modalities we are working on so that in January we recruit these teachers,” said Macharia.
“We already have a deficit of 116,000 teachers in the country with the figure at secondary schools standing at 68,000,”
Macharia said that TSC hires 5,000 teachers yearly and that bringing 30,000 new teachers in January will help compensate for the shortfall.
In March this year, the government stated that 60,000 teachers would be trained on the new competency-based curriculum (CBC) for junior high schools.
Macharia said the training was put on hold to let the new government take over after the August elections. He also said that it would start right away and focus on seventh-graders.
“We had already begun training teachers because initially, junior secondary was to be domiciled in Secondary school we didn’t finish”
“Now that new government has settled in, we shall resume the trainings because we still have the money for the trainings starting with grade seven teachers,” she said.
Macharia stated that the training would be phased due to a lack of time.
She stated, however, that they would collaborate with all necessary education stakeholders to provide teachers with more time for training so that they would be adequately prepared.
“We can start now so that as we go to grade seven, they (teachers) don’t find new things, there are already teachers but they just need to be inducted a little bit into what is expected of them,” Macharia said.
This year, 884,263 pupils are taking the KCSE examinations.
Macharia said they had dispatched 10,416 centre managers, 11,331 supervisors, and 49,127 invigilators across the country.
“For the teachers involved, they have been vetted and are now expected to administer and get credible examinations,” said Macharia.
On Monday, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu reassured the people that the government was dedicated to delivering legitimate national examinations for all candidates in Grade 6, Class 8 and Form Four.
After officiating the release of exam materials at the Mvita DCC offices, he spoke in Mombasa.
The government, according to Machogu, has undertaken all required preparations, including training for invigilators, supervisors, center managers, and security staff.
“According to the preparations this year, we don’t expect to have even a single malpractice anywhere within the country. We expect a smooth examination period because we have made all the necessary preparations,” said Machogu.
In December, 3,416,048 students participated in national tests around the country.
About 1,287,597 Grade 6 pupils participated in the inaugural Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), while 1,244,188 students completed their KCPE exams on Wednesday.
There are 884,263 applicants for the KCSE examinations.
Machogu stated that there are 498 distribution centers and over 20,000 examination centers in the country where students take their exams.
“We have also provided adequate transportation to each center including areas which are not accessible like parts of Tana River and Northeastern where we are using choppers to deliver the examination materials,” Machogu said.