The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has officially confirmed that qualified P1 teachers will be sent to junior secondary schools the following month.
According to the details, beginning in Grade 7 later next month, only primary classroom teachers will be assigned to teach in the junior secondary component.
The Commission is working on a system to assess all primary school teachers with secondary choice degrees and diplomas in preparation for placement in 7th grade classes.
If that school has a junior secondary section, teachers with the appropriate subject combination will be assigned to the same primary school.
In addition, the Teachers Services Commission (TSC) has requested information on primary school teachers who are qualified to teach in junior secondary schools.
These teachers will contribute to the reduction of teacher shortages in junior high and secondary schools.
Among the details required,include:
- TSC number
- Name and Gender of the teacher
- Sub County
- KCSE Mean Grade
- Qualification i.e DIP, BED
- Subject Combination
- KCSE Subject Grade e.g MAT C+ & PHY B-
- Year of Graduation
- Year of Birth
- Mobile Number
The newly hired instructors will be retrained by the teachers who have already received training in the junior secondary curriculum, according to TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia.
Between January and April, “we aim to train 90,000 instructors,” Macharia said.
According to TSC human resources boss Mr.Olayo,TSC had so far trained 229,000 primary school teachers and 60,000 secondary school teachers on the Competency-Based Curriculum.
So far TSC is also recruiting 30,550 teachers for junior secondary school which starts reporting in their respective stations on 30th January 2023.
Junior Secondary has opened a door of opportunities for promotion of primary school classroom teachers
NOTE:Teachers in primary schools with diplomas and degrees listed below are not eligible to teach in junior high schools.
- Diploma and Degree in Special Needs Education
- Diploma and Degree in Early Childhood Development Education
- Diploma in Education (Primary option)
- Diploma in Education, Secondary option
- Degree in Education (Secondary option) but lacking C+ at KCSE or C+ in teaching subjects
- Any other Diploma and Degree certificate apart from Diploma and Degree secondary option
The training of Grade 7 teachers will involve these subjects and areas offered in junior secondary school section.
i. Languages – English, Kiswahili, Foreign and Indigenous Languages and Kenya Sign Language.
ii. Pure Sciences -Integrated Science Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Health Education.
iii. Applied Sciences – Agriculture, Home science and computer studies
iv. Humanities – Social Studies (Citizenship, Geography, History) Religious Studies, (CRE, IRE, Hindu, HRE and PPI) and live skills.
v. Technical subjects and Creative Arts – Pre vocational and pre career Business studies, music, sports and physical education Home science.
Teachers with Diploma certificates will start at job group C1 while those with Degree certificates will start at job group C2.
The deployed primary school teachers will be paid as same as those teaching in 8.4.4 secondary schools.