TSC finally states the fate of Primary school teachers with degree and PhD

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has finally responded on fate of thousands of teachers who successfully graduated with a PTE certificate but are yet to be employed by the Commission.


The Commission said whatever changes it is planning in the teaching profession will not be instantaneous as the changes are still debatable.


“Even if changes may come, they will be gradual. For now the issue is at debate level No final word yet,” said TSC on Facebook after inquiry.


Last week internet and social media was awash with disturbing news after it was revealed that TSC has no plans of employing P1 teachers in the near future.


In the plan contained in the Programme-Based Budget 2021, TSC will employ 15,000 secondary school teachers starting this financial year.


The Commission said it will employ at least 5,000 teachers annually in the next three years to curb looming crisis in secondary schools.


TSC however, says it has no plans to recruit primary school tutors, throwing into uncertainty the fate of thousands of unemployed P1 certificate holders.


According to TSC Primary schools will not get new teachers as the phasing out of the 8-4-4 system is expected to reduce the workload since learners will move to secondary school after Grade Six under the competency-based curriculum (CBC).

Primary school teachers, it said, will be employed through replacements after serving as interns.


TSC said it will engage the services of 5,500 interns on a one-year contract every year to plug staffing gaps in schools.

However only 2,000 interns will be posted to primary schools each year.


There are currently at least 300,000 p1 teachers yet to be absorbed into TSC payroll.


TSC has been allocated Sh281.7 billion for the 2021/22 financial year, up from the Sh266 billion it got in the current year.


Details of the plans are contained in the Programme-Based Budget 2021 estimates that also confirm TSC as one of the largest beneficiaries of funding from the exchequer.


TSC has been allocated Sh281.7 billion for the 2021/22 financial year, up from the Sh266 billion it got in the current year.


The commission has over the years struggled to address staffing shortages in schools and even with the recruitment of teachers, it will still be way short of optimal levels.


In the recent past, staff pay has taken up 99.4 per cent of the money received by TSC.


Curiously, the commission does not make reference to any provision for a new pay deal with the teachers.


TSC plans to deploy the 5,000 teachers to secondary schools as the institutions are expected to face a bigger shortage.


Some 3,500 interns will also be posted to secondary schools. The same number of interns will be engaged in each of the next two years.


This leaves thousands of unemployed teachers who hold the P1 certificate in uncertainty as the government is also doing away with the qualification.


Teacher training colleges will from this year launch a three-year diploma course in teacher education that is aligned to the CBC.


For tertiary institutions, only 67 tutors will be hired during the financial year and 68 others the following year.


The internship programme was started in 2019. Many enlist in the hope of landing permanent jobs when vacancies are announced.


A primary school intern gets a monthly stipend of Sh15,000 while a secondary school one is given Sh20,000.


There will be a double intake in January 2023 when the first CBC cohort transitions to junior secondary school while the last 8-4-4 pupils – currently in Std Five – will also report for Form One.


Secondary schools will have five classes instead of four that year.


When the CBC is fully implemented, secondary schools will have six classes – three for junior and three for senior – while primary schools will have two less than the current eight.


Teachers’ unions have not engage the employer for a new collective bargaining agreement even though the 2017-2021 one expires in a month.


The commission estimates that over the next three years, some Sh273 billion would be required in 2021/22, Sh274.7 billion in 2022/23 and Sh279.3 billion in 2023/24 financial years to pay teachers



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