TSC’s head of communication Betty Wababu has implied that plans are underway to confirm the intern teachers who were employed leas year. This is the first time the teachers commission is addressing the concerns of teachers about the eventuality of the internship contract.
While responding to an article by the Standard indicating that the commission had employed the interns on permanent basis, Wabuba refuted such claims saying it was not true. However, she went on to say that the commission is determined to address the issue in the coming days.
Wababu says “I wish to state here that this information is incorrect and it’s unfortunate but still we remain committed to addressing the issue of interns.”
Wabuba’s sentiments continue to anger many teachers as Teachers Service Commission in planning to employ more teachers and yet the commission has not addressed fully the confusion surrounding the whole process of the current contract of internship.
There have been many contrasting reports pertaining the nature of internship contract. Some reports indicate that the intern teachers are to be absorbed in a period within their contrast while some suggest that they will only be considered for confirmation upon completion of their contract.
TSC seems to have put the discussion into rest if Wabuba’s statements is something to go by. However, it’s not clear when this may be solved but it depends on number of factors including this year’s (2020/2021) budget financial allocation to the commission.
While appearing before the Parliament Education Committee to answer claims of employing professionals on internship scheme, Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia argued that the commission is operating on strained financial. And it depends of government allocation to employ more teachers on permanent basis.
As from next term, the government is planning to employ 10,000 intern teachers and 5,000 permanent and pensionable teachers in secondary schools. This is meant to address shortage of teachers caused by government policy of 100 per cent transition rate from primary school.