The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, is planning to hire an additional 5,000 teachers on permanent and pensionable terms
According to the commission boss Dr. Nancy Macharia, while appearing before the National Assembly’s Education Committee on Tuesday, she said the teachers’ employer will require close to 1.2 billion shillings in the 2020/2021 financial year to recruit the teachers so as to close the teething staff shortages experienced in public schools.
Nancy Macharia said part of the money will be required to recruit 10,000 more teachers for internships. There are currently over 10,000 intern teachers who were recruited during the 2019/ 2020 financial year.
This comes as the commission reports that the country is facing a shortage of about 50,000 teachers. A situation that has greatly overburdened the available tutors.
According to TSC, primary schools require 48,173 more teachers to address the shortage. There are 211,046 primary school teachers currently out of the required number of 259,219.
Garissa, West Pokot, Wajir, and Narok counties headline the list of counties with the highest staff shortages. A closer look at this list shows that most of these areas are largely hardship areas.
Nairobi, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Uasin Gishu, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Meru, Isiolo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Embu, and Kiambu counties are more comfortable in terms of meeting their staffing needs.
At the same, the commission is seeking about 500 million shillings to be used by its field operations to facilitate its officers
“Field officers play a key role in ensuring maintenance of teaching standards through regular monitoring and quality assurance at the school level,” Dr. Macharia told Legislators this past Tuesday.
Education CS George Magoha says the ministry is in need of 429 million shillings to mitigate the effects of covid-19 in the sector.
Prof. Magoha says part of the funds will be utilized in buying sanitizers, soaps, masks and carry out covid-19 tests for staff and students in the various Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET, institutions in the country.