The Teachers Service Commission is being pushed by the Kenya National Union of Teachers, or KNUT, to enable teachers with the C (plain) to be deployed and teach in secondary schools.
At the moment, secondary school teaching is only permitted by the teachers’ employer, TSC, for those with a minimum mean grade of C+ and a minimum C+ in the two teaching subjects.
TSC began advertising for more than 35,000 teaching positions earlier this week, focusing on both public primary and secondary schools.
Oyuu said during a speech in Kisumu that politicians will not be allowed to meddle with the nation’s teacher recruitment.
“The recruitment of teachers is within the mandate of the commission. Anybody purporting to have exercise in recruitment should be condemned in the highest terms possible,” he said.
He criticized the centralization of teacher recruitment, which provides politicians with the opportunity to influence the recruitment of their relatives.
“We cannot subject this noble profession to selfish politicians meddling with matters of education. Politicians should completely keep off. This is not a chief’s affair,” Oyuu said.
The leader of KNUT asked politicians to identify and address any issues with the commission, but not to pose as a recruiting agency.
On the issue of the stagnation and advancements of teachers, Oyuu stated that they have written to the commission, which has pledged to address the matters.
The government has vowed to eliminating the teacher shortage in public schools by 116,000 within two fiscal years.