It’s yet another big blow for the unemployed teachers working either in private schools or employed as BOM after TSC latest announced concerning new recruitment. They have not received salary since schools closed down in March after the first case of Corona virus was reported in the country. Their only hope has being on the impending TSC mass recruitment of teachers this year at least to get back to payroll.
However, these hopes of redeeming the course of their life has been dealt a major setbacks after Teachers Service Commission, TSC confirmed that there is no likehood of announcing the recruitment process anytime this year due to the fact that schools are closed and the pandemic situation is continuing to worsen daily. This has come has a blow to teachers who were hoping to get this opportunities.
Life has been unbearable and they have engaged all manner of business to put food on the table. There are unconfirmed reports of a teacher in Kakamega county who sold the school cattle to pay himself after the school stopped their salaries. Some have resolved to government program to cushion youth under the Kazi kwa Vijana initiative.
Without doubt, 2020 is the year all unemployed teachers will fight to forget as they are most affected people by the Corona virus pandemic. It’s not easy to be without the source of income at this time as most people have lost their jobs. Most teachers have been working to assist the understaffed teachers in most schools as TSC has been so promising in employing more than 5,000 teachers every year.
This year there was even more slots to be announced earlier April when the schools were forced to close down and students were sent home. In the budget which was tabled by the minister of finance for the financial year 2020/2021, TSC took a huge share of which this money is going to employ 10,000 teachers in primary and post primary school.
Most teachers are with much hope that these slots are enough to absorb most of them who have been eagerly waiting for TSC to announce the recruitment dates in this year. TSC normally employs teacher at least two times a year and usually announces replacement slots regularly depending on the number of teachers who have left the profession every year including those teachers who resigns from their work.
In the statement which was given today by the Ministry of Health, the new cases of coranavirus is continuing to increase a clear indication that the situation is not yet good. There is hope that, by next year, the country would have normalised so that schools may reopen and students would be allowed back to school. This is the only time recruitment process will be possible.