The Teacher’s Service Commission is hatching a plan to employ more than 15,000 secondary school teachers. In this plan, the commission will be employing at least 5,500 intern teachers every year for the next three years. However TSC has revealed to have no plan at the moment in employing the P1 teachers. Currently in Kenya there are at least 300,000 P1 teachers who are yet to be absorbed by teachers commission.
Teachers Service Commission has received 281.7 billion for the financial year 2020/2021 unlike previous year where it got 300.503 billion. The deficit of 18.799 billion means that the commission will not be able to achieve it’s target to recruit 25,000 teachers at a cost of 10.75 billion shillings and 12,000 intern teachers at a cost of 2.4 billion among other issues in the proposals for financial year 2021/2022.
According to the commission supplementary budget estimates presented early to the Parliamentary Departmental Commetee on Education and Research, the allocated amount will only finance recruitment of only 5,000 secondary school teachers at a cost of 2.5 billion shillings and 6,000 intern teachers at a cost of 1.2 billion. This means that the budget for recruiting primary school teachers may be sliced down completely!
While addressing the committee Dr. Nancy Macharia noted that “The current grade 4 and standard 6 pupils will transit to junior secondary and form 1 respectively in 2023.This will lead to higher enrollment which will call for additional teachers.”
Therefore, these means between now and 2023 the government need to concentrate on employing more teachers in secondary than Primary schools so as not to caught of guard in implementation of CBC in secondary schools.
So here comes luck to secondary schools teachers but unfortunately, primary school will miss more job opportunities as by 2023 classes will reduce to grade 6.