According to the Teacher Service Commission’s annual report for 2021, there were 99,213 teachers needed in primary and secondary schools.
The figure represented 44,134 and 55, 079 primary and secondary schools, respectively, in the report presented to the National Assembly. Ukur Yatani, the Treasury’s Chief of Staff, has presented budget estimates and funds for several governmental sectors and ministries for 2022.
Due to the anticipated government transition and electioneering season, this budget was presented sooner than usual. Before the formal campaign period began, members of Parliament had to discuss and approve the budgetary allocations. As a result, the budget was provided earlier than expected.
According to CS Ukur Yatani, the education sector has received one of the largest budgets in history, exceeding other departments.
This is due to the fact that it has a large staff of over 300,000 teachers who work under the Teachers Recruitment and Management body TSC.
TSC established a nearly predictable employment plan a few years ago, hiring 5000 new permanent and pensionable teachers, as well as roughly 6,000 intern instructors who work under the same TSC. This brings the overall number of recruits to almost 11,000 per year.
This new set of teachers is one of the government’s measures to address Kenya’s growing teacher shortage, which has been exacerbated by the country’s 100% transfer to secondary school and free primary education.
The student-teacher ratio is currently too high for the teacher to handle. Approximately 2 billion shillings has been set aside in the recently announced budget to aid in the hiring of 5000 permanent employees.
This means that TSC will begin advertising the jobs and stations as soon as possible, and qualified teachers will be looking for permanent and pensionable positions.
Serving Interns are given an edge throughout the recruitment process because they are typically granted extra marks in the marking scheme.
Teacher interns serving at the time received a whopping 30 points in last year’s recruitment, making it nearly impossible to defeat an intern.
As a result, the majority of interns were successful in the interview and, as a result, in the recruitment process. In January of this year, TSC announced 2,945 vacancies to replace instructors who had departed the service due to natural attrition.