14,460 TSC Teaching Jobs Up For Grabs
The Teachers Service Commission plans to hire 14,460 teachers in order to address the acute shortage of tutors in public primary and secondary schools.
The commission has declared 5,000 new vacancies that will be filled next month, as well as 8,230 others to replace teachers who have left the service due to natural attrition.
It will use affirmative action in recruiting teachers for schools in Garissa, Mandera, and Wajir counties, which are severely understaffed and are avoided by many due to security concerns.
Of the new positions, 3,972 will go to secondary schools to help with the shortage caused by the 100% transition policy, 1,000 to primary schools, and 28 to teacher training colleges.
They will be hired on permanent and pensionable contracts.
TSC has been allocated Sh298.4 billion in the current budget, Sh2.5 billion of which is for the recruitment of new teachers and Sh1.2 billion for the contractual hiring of interns.
The internship positions have yet to be advertised.
The commission will hire 6,539 primary school teachers and 1,691 secondary school teachers to fill vacancies left by exits.
These, too, will be permanent and pensionable.
TSC has filled 844 permanent positions in northern schools. The jobs are reserved for teachers from the region thanks to affirmative action.
This is a re-advertisement after the commission’s previous recruitment drive was unsuccessful.
Primary schools will receive 764 teachers, while secondary schools will receive 80.
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“To qualify for recruitment, a candidate must be teaching under board of management in Garissa, Mandera or Wajir counties, if not hailing from the three counties,” said Ms Nancy Macharia, the TSC chief executive.
The move is intended to encourage local teachers to apply. Teachers from other regions have previously avoided working there due to insecurity, while unions have advocated for the posting of local tutors.
Furthermore, 386 contract teachers will be hired.
The fate of unemployed teachers has become a hot campaign topic, with Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga promising to hire the country’s over 300,000 unemployed teachers.
Kenya Kwanza Alliance Deputy President William Ruto has promised to hire 116,000 teachers in the next two years.
All candidates must be registered with the TSC in order to be considered for recruitment.
A P1 certificate is required as the minimum qualification for those applying to teach in a primary school.
Secondary school applicants must have a diploma in education, while TTC applicants must have a Bachelor of Education degree.
Dr. Macharia stated that the names of the shortlisted candidates, as well as the dates and locations of the interviews, will be posted on the TSC website by July 15.
During the interview, they will be required to present original academic and professional certificates.
“Successful candidates will be posted to serve in any part of the country and not necessarily in the county or school where they were interviewed,” she said.
Dr. Macharia also stated that the merit lists generated during the recruitment process will be used in subsequent recruitment processes throughout the fiscal year.
The hiring of new teachers will still leave many people unemployed and schools understaffed.
Secondary schools are the hardest hit, as they require over 60,000 teachers, while primary schools require nearly 50,000 tutors.
The commission attributes the shortage to the proliferation of schools as well as the challenges of implementing the 100% transition policy.
Shortage of teachers
There is a teacher shortage in primary and secondary schools, according to Nancy Macharia, secretary and CEO of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
“Kenya has 300,000 trained but unemployed teachers, with the government replacing only 5,000 who exit service yearly due to natural attrition.
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“That is a drop in the ocean and there is a need to increase the budgetary allocation to employ more teachers,” said Mr Langat, a Knut National Executive Council member.
Shortages of classrooms have exacerbated the problems, which are expected to worsen next year.
According to CS George Magoha, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Education to build 10,000 additional classrooms for junior secondary school students by March 7, 2022, but only 6,497 have been built in the first phase of implementation.
Prof Magoha has stated that the remaining 3,500 classrooms will be delivered before the end of the year, despite the fact that the Jubilee administration will only be in office for two months before handing over to a new government following the August 9 General Election.
President Kenyatta, who is serving his second and final term, is expected to hand over power to a new President following the election.