For the junior secondary program, which will begin in January of next year, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will assign primary school teachers as instructors.
This occurs as Commission representatives speak with teachers union representatives about the problem. Collins Oyuu, the secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), is leading the current negotiations between the Commission and Knut representatives.
TSC, however, is adamant that the teachers must fulfill the prerequisites before being assigned to secondary institutions.
Knut is urging TSC to permit primary school instructors with a secondary choice degree but a C (simple) in the KCSE to instruct in junior high.
The majority of primary school teachers claim that with little CBC training, they could teach in junior secondary schools successfully.
TSC, however, stipulates that in order to be assigned to teach in junior secondary school one must;
i) Be a Kenyan citizen;
ii) Be a holder of a P1 Certificate;
iii) Be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with 2 teaching subjects;
iv Must have attained at least C+ (Plus) mean grade at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent and C+ (Plus) or it’s equivalent in the two teaching subjects;
v) Must be serving under Teachers Service Commission.
Grades 7, 8, and 9 are included in junior secondary. In January 2023, the present Grade 6 students will transition to junior secondary.
Knut and TSC are currently speaking about the proposals made by the Parliament, which called for the advancement of teachers who obtained new credentials.
Parliament suggested that the TSC continue to recognize and acknowledge the higher credentials that teachers had earned while working.
The MPs want TSC to advance educators who have earned certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees while working for the organisation.
“The TSC should within six months of adoption of this report open negotiations with teachers’ unions on the Career Progression Guidelines (CPGs) and uphold the rights of teachers who have acquired relevant qualifications at the time of their in-service.
“Further TSC shall give guidelines on relevant courses to be undertaken by teachers,” reads the report by the Education and Research Committee.
TSC, however, wants to employ Teacher Profession Development (TPD) as the standard of instruction for elevating instructors.
TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia stated during a parliamentary appearance that they stopped automatic teacher promotion in 2014 because it was unworkable.
According to Macharia, the Commission discontinued automatic promotions on the 9th of January 2014 since the amount of instructors obtaining higher degrees made the policy unsustainable.
“The high number of teachers attaining higher qualifications made the policy fiscally unsustainable,” said Dr. Macharia.