The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) plans to begin mass registration of all teachers across the country in an effort to weed out ghost employees on the commission’s payroll.
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia lauded the pilot program of biometric registration , which began earlier this year, during a media engagement forum on Saturday, November 27.
Macharia stated that the program, which was implemented in 143 institutions across seven counties, was a success.
She stated that the commission plans to launch the exercise in all 47 counties in March 2022.
“We piloted it and we shall now go full throttle in March next year. This will be about getting the actual data of teachers including the academic details of the tutors, their family life hence we want to get a whole bio-data of the teachers,” she stated.
More than 300,000 teachers, according to Macharia, will be required to provide biometric data in order to determine the actual number of tutors in the country.
Teachers will be asked to update their information on a regular basis in order to improve service delivery by the Teachers Service Commission. This would be accomplished through the use of technology.
Each teacher will produce their national identity card or birth certificate, as well as any other relevant identification documents such as employment or designation letters, in addition to using fingerprints to capture details.
Data for special education teachers and curriculum support officers in all zones will also be collected.
The exercise will also reveal teacher distribution based on subject combinations, as well as staffing gaps, which will inform training requirements for various subject areas.
Furthermore, the TSC ceo addressed the country’s teacher shortage, noting that it was most severe in the Western region.
She stated that the Commission would address this in order to ensure nationwide service delivery.
Uasin Gishu, Homa Bay, Bungoma, Nyeri, Kilifi, Kitui, and Garissa were among the seven counties targeted by the pilot program.
The counties were chosen because they represented both rural and urban environments.