Data given by the Teachers Service Commission indicates that primary schools require a total number of 50,000 more teachers to address the shortage that has been caused by the 100% transition of leaners.
There is a total of 211,046 primary school teachers currently employed by the commission out of the required number of 259,219.
The cater for this need, the Commission has now announced its plan to hire an additional 5,000 teachers Under permanent and pensionable terms.This exercise is expected to commence soon or early next month this year.
According Dr.Nancy macharia, the commission boss who appeared before the National Assembly’s Education Committee on Tuesday, she indicated that the teachers’ employer will require close to 1.2 billion shillings in this financial year to recruit the teachers so as to close the gap for staff shortages experienced in public schools.
Dr. Macharia also added that part of the money will be required to recruit 10,000 more teachers for internships.
There are currently over 10,000 intern teachers who were recruited during the 2019/ 2020 financial year and waiting equally to be absorbed by the Commision.
Teachers are hence advised to keep visiting the official tsc website regularly to check the specific advertised posts for respective schools
The move comes at a time when the commission has already given reports that the country is facing a shortage of about 50,000 teachers, a state that have seen the already available teachers being overburdened .
In this report, most areas under hardships have been identified to have the highest staff shortages.
Garissa, West Pokot, Wajir, and Narok counties headline the list of counties with the highest staff shortages as compared to some places such as Nairobi, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Uasin Gishu, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Meru, Isiolo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Embu, and Kiambu counties that are more comfortable in terms of meeting their staffing needs.
The commission also is seeking about 500 million shillings to be used by its field operations to facilitate a number of its officers.
Dr. Macharia reporting this on Tuesday said that “Field officers usually play a key role in ensuring maintenance of teaching standards through regular monitoring and quality assurance at the school level .
The cs under ministry of Education prof.George Magoha says the ministry is in need of 429 million shillings to mitigate the effects of covid-19 in the sector.
He further added that part of the funds will be utilized in buying sanitizers, soaps, masks and carry out covid-19 tests for staff and students in the various Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET, institutions in the country.