P1 graduates are staring down at joblessness. This is after the Teachers Service Commission shifted its focus to hiring of secondary school teachers.
According to a report that was published by the Daily Nation on Friday, the TSC is keener on bridging the tutor shortage gap at secondary school level. “Unemployed P1 graduates face uncertain future after TSC says it has no plans to recruit primary school tutors,” the report said.
Secondary schools countrywide are said to be experiencing teachers’ shortage due to hundred percent transitions which was championed by the ministry of education.
In addition, there will be no recruitment of teachers in primary schools due to the roll of the Competency Based Curriculum that has a huge impact on secondary schools.
However, the report said that some 2,000 interns are likely to be hired to teach in primary schools. “Primary schools will not get new teachers as the phasing out of the 8-4-4 system is expected to reduce the workload since learners will move to secondary school after Grade Six under the competency-based curriculum (CBC). Only 2,000 interns will be posted to primary schools each year,” the report said..
In contrast, the report said, the government is planning to employ 15000 secondary school teachers – some 5000 annually – in the next three years.