In Summary
  • The shortage has greatly hampered learning in many schools.
  • Mr Sossion wants the government to commit sufficient resources for hiring of enough teachers.
  • He said subjecting headteachers to a five-year contract for will ruin school management in the country.
  • Mr Sossion said headteachers needed promotion to other positions or retire but not be bound by contracts.

Kenya is currently facing a shortage of over 100,000 teachers in its public learning institutions.

This shortage of teachers is the greatest challenge in the provision and access to quality education in the country.

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary General Wilson Sossion has asked the government to commit sufficient resources for hiring of enough teachers.

Speaking Tuesday on the side-lines of the Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers’ Association (Kepsha) 10th annual conference being held in Mombasa, Mr Sossion said the shortage in primary and secondary schools was standing at 100,000 teachers.

“Enough and quality teachers are the only windows to quality education. The shortage of teachers in this country from ECD to tertiary institutions is close to 150, 000. If we don’t get it right at an early level we will never get it right at any level,” he said.

NO TO CONTRACTS

On the promotion of teachers, Mr Sossion said subjecting headteachers to a five-year contract for will ruin school management in the country.

Mr Sossion told Nation.co.ke that head teachers needed promotion to other positions or retire but not be bound by contracts.

“As a Union, we are telling the Ministry not to experiment the ideas and suggestions of the civil societies.

“This is going to ruin school managements and our schools will collapse. There is no day we shall allow the principals and headteachers to report to another authority.

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