TSC to hire 30,000 teachers before schools open in January.
Hussein Mohammed, the government’s spokesman, issued a statement on Thursday, December 1st, stating that the government will employ 30,000 teachers by January 2023.This is to address the problem of a shortage of teachers in both primary and secondary schools.The recruitment will take place before schools open on January 23, 2023.
The president, William Ruto, had earlier met with the presidential working party on education reforms that was assessing the competency-based curriculum and assured to support the TSC in employing more teachers.
The Teachers Service Commission will provide information on the recruitment process. The commission will give priority to teachers who will handle junior secondary. Teachers are expected to undergo a retooling process to make them compliant with the new CBC program.
Earlier today, the chief executive officer of TSC, Nancy Macharia, said that the commission was experiencing a shortage of 116,000 across the country. She stated that there was a 68,000 deficit in secondary schools among the 116,000.
Nancy Macharia said that the commission has been employing 5000 teachers every year, so the recruitment of 30.000 teachers will at least address the deficit. Nancy Macharia stated that the new 30,000 teachers recruited will be used to address the shortage in primary schools as well as the 8-4-4 students.
Training of teachers.
The government announced in March that it would train 60,000 teachers in the new competency-based curriculum. In order to facilitate the transition of power following the August election, according to Macharia, the trainings were put on hold for a while.
But she said that they will resume right away, paying close attention to the teachers who are going to handle 7th grade students in junior secondary. Macharia stated that the training will be done in phases because there is not enough time to train all teachers at once.
However, she stated that they would work with all pertinent education stakeholders, giving teachers more time for training and better resources.