The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has revealed good news to both unemployed teachers and teachers seeking promotions.
Thousands of trained teachers are yet to be absorbed by TSC while several others have stagnated in the same job grade for years and they seeking for promotions.
For instance in last year over 300,000 teachers applied only 11,000 teaching slots which were advertised in the July mass recruitment. The This is a clear indication that many trained teachers are desperately seeking for a TSC job.
The number of unemployed teachers is increasing year in year out because TSC has not been able to absorb all trained teachers at once upon graduation.
The looming double transition next year has attracted a lot of concern on the burden teachers will have bearing in mind that most secondary schools in the country are struggling with shortage of teachers.
The Teachers Service Commission is strategising for the coming shortage of teachers. The commission has revealed hat there are plans in place to employ teachers and promote others once it gets funds.
The People Daily has revealed that TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr Macharia said while speaking before MPs two days ago that the commission requires Ksh 10 Billion for staffing.According to Dr Macharia of the Ksh 10 Billion, the Commission requires Ksh 5.3 billion to recruit 8,000 teachers and Ksh 1.2 billion to recruit 6,000 interns.
This brings in total 14,000 teachers who may be employed in the coming mass recruitment.She also said that another Ksh 2 billion be required for promotion of teachers on competitive basis and the remaining amount will go to other issues such as appraisals.
Dr Macharia revealed that the areas which require allocation of Ksh 10 billion forms part of the critical areas which last year’s budget did not factor in and hence were not funded.
She further informed that teacher mentorship and coaching and the roll out of the biometric teacher registration requires funding
“Teacher membership a d coaching programme requires appropriately Ksh 50 million while Ksh 342.4 million shall be required to roll out the national biometric enrolment and validation of tutors”, and TSC CEO said.