Even as uproar continues to pile on how the Teachers employer conducted its recruitment by awarding extra marks to intern teachers, it has emerged that more than 27 schools that had vacancies advertised in August still have unfilled slots.
The teachers’ service commission (TSC) says in a memo to county directors that all teachers who applied in St Rita Ramula Girls in Kisumu and other schools did not qualify for the advertised subject combinations and were not invited for interviews.
In some schools such as Ombeyi Secondary in Kisumu and Lake Elementaita Secondary in Nakuru, the commission says they only received applications for one teacher who did not turn up for interviews.
In other schools such as Ndururi Secondary, Sawagongo secondary, St Polycarp Meso in Trans-Nzoia, Tharaka Secondary, St Antony Engoshura and Ngecho Secondary in Nakuru County no applications for the advertised slots were received at all.
Others include St Angela Mumias secondary, Friends Secondary, Gamalenga Secondary, Kilingili Secondary, St Thomas Amagoro girls, Moding Secondary, Munda Secondary, Lwala Kadwa Mixed Secondary in Kisumu and Bukolowe Mixed Secondary.
The affected combination includes; Agriculture/Chemistry, Agriculture/History, Business/Agriculture, Home Science, Drawing and Design, Chemistry/geography, Computer/History, Computer/Maths, Home Science /History, Home Science/ Biology, Kiswahili/Mathematics, Music.
Teachers To Be Filled On Merit
The schools have so far proposed that TSC offers them alternative subject combinations. TSC has ordered that the positions be filled as quickly as possible using the existing merit lists.
“The advertisement was approved on condition that there would be no change of subject combination,” reads the memo.
County directors have also been directed to re-advertise the vacancies and approve the change of subject combination where there are no merit lists, or if the listed approaches do not help fill the advertised slots.
TSC had this August, advised the University Education and Research Principal Secretary Simon Nabukwesi to make sure universities commence teaching various subject combinations in preparation for the rollout of the competence-based curriculum in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS).
The combinations include:
Home Science and Biology,
Sports and Physical education
Health introduced in the learning areas
Social Studies (with citizenship content)
visual arts and performing arts.
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“The commission is expected to project teacher demand levels and appropriate areas of focus that will inform the strategies for training and preparation of teachers who will be available and ready to handle the junior and secondary learning,” she said.
There are more than 300,000 trained and qualified teachers in Kenya who are still jobless.
TSC enrolled 6,000 teachers on the internship programme in January as it targets to solve the issue of teachers shortage in the country which even worsened by the government policy of 100 per cent transition from primary school to secondary.
These people have been disadvantaged for the last 10 years,” he said. The senate will be expecting TSC to disclose to them the distribution of the teachers’ recruited by the county.
Secondary school principals opposed the resolution to hire interns to fill the gap of teachers’ shortage last year and Willy Kariuki who is the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) secretary contends that the move by TSC is likely to cause discomfort, hence poor service delivery.
Primary school interns get a monthly stipend of Ksh15, 000 while their colleagues in secondary cash in Ksh20, 000.
“If they are going to be paid less than teachers who are already qualified there is going to be discontent. They will be sympathized with by teachers who are under TSC. There will be a lot of discomfort and it will be projected to the students,” Kariuki had said.
In December 2020, the commission’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Nancy Macharia stated to MPs that the internship programme was a short-term solution to teachers’ shortage in the country.
At the same time, it emerged that about 317,000 trained and qualified teachers were still unemployed by the commission even as thousands of promising teachers graduate yearly.