TSC TO Recruit 6,000 Intern Teachers, 5,000 on Permanent Terms Next Month
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chairperson Dr Nancy Macharia said the new employees would ease teachers’ workload as enrollment increases, especially due to the new government policy of a hundred per cent transition from primary to secondary school.
The National Treasury allocated TSC Sh2.5 billion for the recruitment of 5,000 teachers in the 2021/22 Financial Year.
“We appreciate the government for allocating TSC funds annually for the recruitment of additional teachers since the 100 per cent transition programme was launched,” said Macharia during the release of Form One selection results in Nairobi.
She stated the positions will be advertised in July and urged qualified teachers to apply. Macharia stated the next recruitment will bring the total number of teachers hired since 2018 to help the 100 per cent transition policy to 28,700.
It will also increase the number of teachers employed by TSC from 330,671 to 335,671, she revealed. TSC will also recruit 6,000 intern teachers for Sh1.2 billion, the chairperson said.
“This is a commendable government effort to ensure quality learning and teaching in our public schools,” said Macharia. Regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with teachers’ unions which expires next month, the TSC chairperson lauded the government for consistently releasing annual tranches of the Sh54 billion to implement it.
She said that the CBA had helped to make the salaries of teachers comparable to that of their peers in the public and private sectors not only in Kenya but also in the region. Macharia said the commission had started preparing the ground for a new CBA in 2019 when it initiated talks with trade unions.
She said the talks had sensitised teachers on the new requirements for the salary increase negotiations. “The unions have also presented proposals to us, which we have studied.
“We are now awaiting advice from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) on the best way to proceed based on an ongoing job evaluation,” she said. She urged teachers to remain calm as the commission awaits SRC’s recommendations.
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