In Summary
  • While the average student-to-teacher ratio is 1:45, a majority of schools are operating with a rate of 1:60 or more, leading to a stressed-out learning environment.
  • Embattled Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has backed the recruitment and said the process must adhere to labour laws.

The Teachers Service Commission has announced vacancies for 10,300 interns to be posted to primary and secondary schools next month.

The huge recruitment drive is a desperate shot at easing a severe teacher shortage in the basic education sector, currently standing at more than 100,000.

It also comes at a time when the government is pushing a 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school and at the same time implementing the new competency-based curriculum.

TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia has invited those qualified to send in their applications by October 23 and be ready for posting anywhere in the republic.

A total of 4,300 will be deployed in primary schools while 6,000 will be sent to secondary schools.

This is the first time that the TSC is hiring interns in what is simply a stopgap measure to avert a learning crisis in public schools.

The commission was allocated Sh3.2 billion to plug the shortage and has already recruited 5,000 on permanent terms, a figure that is less than half the yearly demand of about 12,626 new teachers. The recruitment will cost the commission about Sh1.2 billion.

QUALIFICATIONS

According to an advertisement to be published in Tuesday’s newspapers, the applicants should be 35 years or younger, must be registered with the TSC, be jobless and possess a minimum of a P1 certificate for those seeking primary posts, and a Diploma in Education for those joining secondary.

“They must also have a personal accident insurance to cover for personal risks during the 12-month internship period,” says Dr Macharia in the notice, adding that those hired for secondary schools will earn a stipend of Sh15,000 per month while those in primary schools will take home Sh10,000. The stipend will be subject to statutory deductions.

MPs early this year allowed the Commission to recruit 87,393 interns to ease the shortage.

National Assembly Education Committee chairman Julius Melly asked Dr Macharia to develop a policy to be tabled in Parliament to support the recruitment.

Embattled Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has backed the recruitment and said the process must adhere to labour laws.

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