The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, which was presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, October 21, proposed that teachers should be deployed to schools within their counties.

The report further indicated that not more than half of teachers deployed by TSC to boarding schools should originate from outside counties.

“Stakeholders further said that programmes should be put in place for cultural exchange and integration between different schools so that learners can grow to appreciate the different cultures and dynamics in Kenya,” read the report in part.

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A signpost showing Teachers Service Commission mandated with hiring teachers in Kenya.
A signpost showing Teachers Service Commission mandated with hiring teachers in Kenya.

The report further cautioned that teachers should be vetted on a case by case basis before being transferred to different counties.

“On teacher recruitment, the Ministry (of Education) should adopt policy guidelines that discourage local recruitment and staffing of teachers, depending on the circumstances,” added the report.

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The BBI report also proposed that students admitted in boarding schools should be split halfway with one block coming from the counties while the other originating from other counties.

This, the document noted, was to address ethnic antagonism and competition issues.

“Ensure that secondary boarding schools that are publicly funded have representation from different counties amounting to at least 50 per cent of the student body.

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“The Ministry of Education should develop a policy to guide this requirement,” noted the report.

Currently, student admissions depend on merit, equity and choice of schools by the candidates based on the available places.

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