President Kenyatta has set aside 6.5 Billion to hire 10,000 teachers and 1,000 ICT intern experts to support digital learning in public schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. Back in March TSC boss Nancy Macharia had announced that his commission would employ 5,000 teachers this July in it’s annual mass recruitment to boost 100 percent transition. This will bring the total number of teachers to be employed by Teachers Services Commission later in the year close to 16,000.
This would see the commission employ a record number of tutors in a single calendar year. Last year alone 5,000 teachers were employed in September besides the 10,000 interns who deported to work at the begging of the year.
The 6.5 Billion allocation is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s 8-point economic stimulus programme set by his economic team to help ignite the economy during post Covid-19 pandemic.
“My administration has rolled out an 8-point economic stimulus program amounting to some Ksh 53.7 Billion. The first element will focus on infrastructure and a total of Ksh 5 billion has been set aside to hire local labor to engage in this undertaking,” Kenyatta said.
“In the near future we will come out with plans to ensure children can carry on with their education. We have allocated Ksh. 6.5 Billion to hire 10,000 teachers and 1000 ICT interns to support digital learning,” said president Uhuru.
Of the set Billions for Education sector, lion’s share will go to recruiting teachers. The President said that of it will be used for schools infrastructure development. 250,000 desks Will be purchased for schools across the country. The President also said the desks will be made by local artisans in the country.
Teachers Service Commission will undoubtedly welcome the move warmly as it seeks to improve the teacher-student ratio in public schools. Also it’s a boost to many teachers despite being registered by the commission continue their long wait for employment. According to Teachers Service Commission statistics, there are over 300,000 jobless trained and registered tutors in the country as per the beginning of of the year.
The President also set some light on reopening of schools. The Head of State addressed parents’ concerns about the future of their children’s education
“We know that parents and children are concerned about what the future holds, we shall communicate in the very new future after extensive discussions that are ongoing with the relevant stakeholders,” he noted.
“As a government, we are committed to ensure there is continuous education during this period. As a government, we will be coming up with new guidelines to ensure education continues,” said President Kenyatta.
Schools have remained closed since March after the first coronavirus case was reported in the country. And there have been discussions on whether to postpone the KCPE and KCSE national examinations. However, Education Ministry Cs Prof Magoha has has occasionally dismissed such claims. The Cs insists that e-learning lessons are ongoing and there is no reason to postpone the two exams.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has since appointed a taskforce to advice of the opening of schools.
So far, the education stakeholders have submitted their proposals on the possible opening dates. This has elicited mixed reactions from teachers unions.
The Kenya union of Post Primary Teachers has recommended partial reopening of schools in June. However, parents have dismissed the proposal saying that the earliest they would release their children to s is in September, and only if the virus is contained. But Kenya National Union of teachers want schools to reopen next year January.