TSC To Hire New Teachers As Education Ministry Recommends Sh.15B Budgetary Increase.
The Teachers Service Commission may soon hire more tutors after the Education Ministry recommended a Sh15 billion increase in its annual budget.
According to the Draft 2022 Budget Policy Statement, a roadmap for the fiscal year 2022-23, the document proposes an increase from Sh281.7 billion to Sh296.6 billion, a Sh14.9 billion increase.
The increased funding under the Teacher Resource Management Act indicates that the commission intends to hire more teachers and pay raises to teachers’ salaries.
This year, citing difficult economic times, the commission offered teachers’ unions a non-monetary 2021-25 Collective Bargaining Agreement that preserved teachers’ annual salary increases.
In July of this year, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission announced a two-year freeze on civil servants’ pay raises.
“TSC is determined to see that teachers are properly staffed. It is working with the Ministry of Education to ensure enough teachers are provided by recruiting 5,000 teachers every year and also by engaging intern teachers,” reads a section of the policy.
According to data from the commission as of 2018, 28,843 teachers had been hired, with 8,390 working in primary schools and 20,453 working in secondary schools.
The commission predicted a teacher shortage of 97,826 (36,155 in primary and 61,671 in secondary) this year, 97,214 (35,543 in primary and 61,671 in secondary) and 96,612 (34,941 primary and 61,671 secondary) in 2022 and 2023, respectively.
According to the Economic Survey Report, the Gross Enrollment Rate in primary schools increased from 104.4 per cent in 2018 to 100.2 per cent in 2019 before declining to 99.6 per cent in 2020.
The number of special needs students enrolled increased from 121,392 in 2018-19 to 136,081 in 2019-20 before falling to 132,466 in 2020-21.
In 2020-21, 8,592,810 students will be enrolled in the free primary education program.
The enrollment in public secondary schools increased from 2,954,330 in 2018-19 to 3,289,885 in 2020-21.
The secondary enrollment rate increased from 70.3 per cent in 2018 to 71.2 per cent in 2019.
The commission has been allocated Sh1.1 billion for governance and standards, up from Sh1 billion in the current fiscal year.
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The increase was due to current expenses such as Teacher Performance and Appraisal Development and Competency-Based Curriculum training for teachers, among other things.
The education sector has been allocated Sh525.9 billion, Sh539.9 billion, and Sh558.4 billion in the fiscal years 2022/23, 2023/24, and 2024/25, respectively, by the BPS.