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Jobs at TSC: The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced plans to hire up to 95,000 teachers over the next five years.

The TSC will spend a chuck of the Sh114 billion it has set aside for projects in its strategic plan to employ additional teachers.TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia said part of the Sh. 82 billion would be used to recruit 100,000 interns between next year and 2023. Dr Macharia said by June 30 last year, the commission estimated a teacher shortage of 96,345 out of which 38,054 were for primary level and 58,291 in secondary schools.

By 2023, the teacher shortage is projected at 61,671 for secondary and 34,941 for primary schools.

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the shortage to rapid growth in school enrollment and various initiatives in the education sector that had necessitated establishment of new schools and expansion of existing ones.“These initiatives include Government’s policy of 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary. By 2023, the teacher shortage is projected to be 61,671 for secondary school and 34,941 for primary,” Machairia said during the launch of the 2019/2023 strategic plan.She said the plan provided an effective implementation and coordination in terms of human and financial resource allocation.

“The overall budget required for the successful delivery of planned targets for jobs at TSC is estimated at Sh. 114.5 billion. This includes the cost of recruiting 95,000 additional teachers and 20,000 interns per year in the next five years. The estimated cost for this critical investment is Sh. 82.4 billion,” Macharia said.She said her commission required Sh. 16.4 billion each year to recruit additional teachers for the next four years and Sh. 8.1 billion in the fifth year, plus an additional Sh. 2.8 billion over and above the existing allocations.

As a measure to cope with shortages, school boards of management have hired about 80,000 teachers in public schools, some of whom may not be qualified.

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