The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will begin hiring intern teachers for primary and secondary schools in January 2023.
Intern teachers are counted among the 30,000 teachers who will start in January 2023, as indicated by President William Ruto.
The President promised teachers that his government would provide them with employment when he promised to open the Komarock South Primary School, which was funded by the Embakasi Central NG-CDF, on October 12.
We have agreed with TSC that from January they will have recruited 30,000 more teachers. Some will be employed on permanent terms while some will be interns so that we progressively bridge the teacher gap,” said Ruto.
After being employed, teachers will be sent to their respective subcounties in accordance with the TSC’s revised recruitment and deployment procedures.
Dr. Ruto has said that this is the first step toward hiring an additional 116,000 teachers to address the current teacher shortage. Kenya Kwanza’s agenda largely centered on the plight of unemployed teachers.
At this time, TSC has not hired at least 350,000 more teachers. However, a few of them work for independent institutions.
TSC hires at least 6,000 intern teachers annually. Teachers at primary schools get 15,000 Kenyan Shillings per month, while those in high schools earn 20,000.
During the most recent recruitment by the TSC in July of this year, more than 356,000 jobless teachers registered for 14,460 job vacancies.
The biggest number of applicants, 219,311, were for the 4,000 positions in post-primary schools.
There were an additional 1,000 positions for elementary teachers, and the commission received 136,833 applications for them.
On Tuesday, November 8, TSC’s CEO, Dr. Nancy Macharia, and MOE’s PS, Belio Kipsang, met with the DP in his office to discuss education matters.
The meeting followed TSC’s announcement that negotiations over hiring teachers had started and would provide direction for how the hiring process would proceed.
According to TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia, who addressed at the World Teachers Day events held at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi, teachers have a bright future ahead of them.
Consultations are ongoing with the Presidency on teacher recruitment and we shall be giving updates of the progress as we go along. Be assured that the Kenyan teacher can only expect good things going forward. We shall be telling you how to go on with this recruitment as per the Kenya Kwanza Charter,” said Macharia.
TSC had a meeting in October with TSC Regional and County Directors to review the recruitment process for new teachers.
According to the Deputy President, after this week’s meeting with TSC, the Kenya Kwanza government would make it a top priority to address concerns raised by educators and students.
In Kenya, the government places a premium on the safety of its pupils and educators. Among the topics we covered today was the recruitment of new instructors,” Gachagua stated.
Teacher shortages were also discussed during a meeting between the DP and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) last month.
The DP and KRA agreed that additional taxes would be collected to aid in the hiring of teachers.
“We had a meeting with the Kenya Revenue Authority and instructed them to ensure they raise at least sh 3 trillion this financial year to enable us to employ more teachers and pay other government programs,” said Gachagua.
President William Ruto promised to “guarantee that the existing teacher shortfall of 116,000 is adequately bridged within two financial years by employing 58,000 teachers at a cost of Sh25 billion per year” in the education charter he signed with stakeholders in the education sector in June.