TSC To Employ 30,000 Teachers
Instead of the 58,000 teachers needed to fill the void in public school classrooms, Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu said that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) would only hire 30,000 teachers in January 2023.
To fulfill a campaign pledge, President William Ruto set out to hire 116,000 new teachers in his first year in office.
“We know that this coming year, we had promised 116,000 teachers, but because of the nature of the economy, we are going to do it progressively.
Machogu told principals at a ceremony at Kisii School on November 17 that 30,000 teachers would be hired in January and that things would get better after that.
CS Machogu said that the President’s promises could not be kept all at once because the economy was getting worse.
“The remainder of the 116,000 promised by President William Ruto during the elections campaigns has been pushed forward due to the current economic situation,” the CS stated.
Machogu hopes that the new hires will make up for the lack of teachers, especially since the sixth graders will soon be moving on to the junior secondary level.
“As we open schools in January 2023, our children who are doing their CBC exams will know whether they will be hosted in primary or secondary school following instructions from the President,” the CS detailed.
On October 5, when the world celebrated World Teachers Day, the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) asked Ruto to keep his promise to hire more than 58,000 teachers.
Before the General Election, the president promised to spend Ksh25 billion each year to move and hire more teachers, as well as provide ongoing training for teachers.
On June 23, 2022, Ruto met with people involved in education and signed a charter in which he promised to make big changes in the field to close the gap in the national teacher-student ratio.
The President’s Education Charter promised to hire 58,000 teachers a year from the more than 300,000 trained but unemployed teachers in the country to make up for the 116,000 teacher shortage in public schools within the first two years of the plan.
TSC had complained before that there weren’t enough teachers in both primary and secondary schools. It even admitted that it was short 114,581 teachers.