Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nancy Macharia has said that the commission is ready to hire 5,000 teachers from 22 July 2021 following the advertisement issued earlier this month.
After the completion of the exercise, around 6,000 intern teachers will also be recruited in the 2021/22 financial year. In a communication on Wednesday, CEO Nancy Macharia said the Treasury has allocated 2.5 billion to recruit teachers. Internship slots in various schools of the republic will be released on 2nd August and applicants will have to submit their application through tsc application portal from 4th August- 8th August 2021. The persons who will secure these posts will have to report at their respective stations latest by August 15, 2021.
“This is to reduce the burden of teachers in handling the increased enrollment. Eligible unemployed and registered teachers will look for advertisements for applications next month,” read his statement partially.
According to Nancy Macharia, she has trained over 100,000 teachers to prepare for CBC implementation in grade 5 in July. The Treasury allocated one billion shillings for CBC teacher training in the next fiscal year.
The Commission has allocated Sh2.5 billion for teacher recruitment to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in the year starting July, despite requesting 13.1 billion shillings.
The lack of funding means that the commission will not achieve its target of recruiting 25,000 teachers and 12,000 interns in the next financial year amid a huge shortage across the country.
Macharia said they have already trained 156,000 teachers in primary schools on CBC. The implementation of the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) suffered a setback after the National Fund allocated only 1 billion shillings and reduced the allocation to 18.7 billion shillings to the teacher’s employer.
A total of 202.8 billion shillings was set aside for the education sector’s recovery programs after the time lost since the COVID-19 outbreak in the country in March 2020.
Educational institutions were closed for nine months due to the outbreak. Treasury CS Ukur Yatani also said that 12 billion shillings would cover 62.2 billion rupees for free primary education, 2.5 billion shillings to recruit teachers, and free day-to-secondary education, including insurance for learners.
“Four billion shillings is for exam fee waiver for all class eight and 1 billion for four candidates and for the school meal program,” Yatani said.
TSC had proposed an allocation of Sh300.5 billion to finance its activities, including hiring more teachers to manage the increased student population under the government’s 100 percent transition from primary school.
Applications for Teachers Service Commission (TSC) vacancies are done purely online. In filling the advertised teaching vacancies, the Commission invites eligible teachers to submit their applications online at the TSC Online Recruitment Portal.