Secondary schools are now receiving PTE (Primary Teachers Education) teachers according to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
This is the result of TSC’s formal communication with the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).
Additional teachers will be sent to Junior Secondary, according to TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia, when the competency-based curriculum is implemented.
Knut’s secretary general, Collins Oyuu, noted that the deployment procedure is ongoing.
“The process of deployment started long ago. It has been an ongoing process in readiness for the next year’s Junior Secondary transition,’’ Oyuu said
Kilifi, Kiambu, Makueni, Embu, and Kajiado counties each received three deployment letters from the commission, while Nairobi County received five. Nakuru County received two.
For teachers to be appointed to teach in junior secondary, TSC has specified qualifications.
The TSC also stated that it would train the teachers who would be working in junior secondary schools.
The PTE teachers were deployed this year based on a merit list created from earlier applications rather than through an advertisement by the teachers’ organization.
In an effort to address the teacher shortage in 2019 and 2020, TSC provided 1,000 deployment opportunities, emphasizing that the teachers would support the transfer from elementary to secondary schools entirely.
For primary school teachers with advanced degrees, TSC uses deployment as a method of progression.
The TSC was pressured by members of parliament to allow the promotion of teachers with a KCSE mean grade of C or below as well as those with a diploma, postgraduate diploma, or degree from a recognized educational institution.
TSC, however, increased the standards for teachers wishing to work in junior secondary school.
In addition being a Kenyan citizen, candidates must hold a P1 certificate and a bachelor’s degree in education with two teaching subjects.
Additionally to holding a degree with a secondary option, deployed teachers are required to have at least a C+ in the KCSE as well as a C+ in the subjects they will be teaching while working for TSC.
Unbeknownst to the public, some primary school teachers enrolled in colleges to pursue degree-level opportunities despite receiving a C (plain) average on their KCSE exams.
Institutions including Nairobi, Kenyatta, Pwani, and Mount Kenya registered and gave lectures to students with a mean grade of C (plain) on the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), as well as those who had PTE certificates, during their time in charge.
For those who were deployed, the starting pay rate was C2, with a minimum of Sh34,955 and a maximum of Sh43,694 per month.
They also earn a Sh5,000 commuter payment, a Sh7,500 housing allowance, and a Sh6,000 leave allowance each year if they don’t live in a municipality.
A hardship allowance of an additional Sh10,900 is given to residents of underdeveloped areas.
After three years, the teacher will advance to job grade C3 in accordance with the career progression guidelines for teachers (CPG)