A storm has erupted regarding job requirements issued by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in its quest to hire more tutors.
A report by Daily Nation on Monday, June 5, indicated that unemployed teachers and those in the private sector accused the commission of favoring its interns.
They claimed that in the requirements, scoring marks for interns were much higher than those of older unemployed individuals.
For instance, marks for interns attached to TSC were revised upwards from 10 percent to 30 percent.
This comes even as those awarded to unemployed teachers who graduated from college way earlier dipped from 50 percent to 25 percent.
“Internship is meant to make someone gain experience. Is it to say that only public schools can give that experience? Why is a teacher disadvantaged for working in a private institution serving public students?” Questioned a teacher.
TSC announced the 10,000 teaching jobs towards the end of June in an attempt to address the shortage of tutors in schools.
The move is also aimed at aid in the transition from the 8-4-4 system to the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia detailed that the commission is seeking to employ 4,000 new secondary school teachers to be employed on a permanent and pensionable term.
2,897 more will be hired to replace retired teachers in high schools.
TSC announced 1,000 vacancies in primary schools and also intends to promote 1,000 teachers from primary to secondary schools.
927 new teachers will also be hired to replace those who retired or quit their jobs in primary schools.
TSC expects 350,000 teachers to apply for the aid vacancies before Monday, July 12