TSC Headcount: The Teachers Service Commission is set to conduct a fresh headcount on all teachers in Kenya. Through the exercise, teachers who are currently earning salaries without proper documentation will be sent home. And those who irregularly acquired TSC registration numbers without following due process will also be identified and de-listed. The registration under the Teachers Biometric Data Harmonisation program will commence on April 22, 2021 when schools reopen for the third term. “The biometric registration shall entail validation of data of teachers in all public primary and secondary schools, Teacher Training Colleges, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) and Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE),” TSC said.
Last year, the Teachers Service Commission announced that it would conduct a fresh headcount for all teachers. In May, the commission announced that it would begin hiring enumerators for the biometric registration of all teachers in Kenya. “Identification and data collection from the teachers shall be done at the zonal level with the smallest centre of data collection being the school,” read the TSC document. These plans were however scattered by the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest data released by the TSC ahead of the TSC headcount says there are 316,662 teachers in both primary and secondary schools across the country. Of these, the TSC document says there are some 217,281 teachers deployed in 22,633 primary schools. Another 99,381 teachers are currently serving in 8,865 secondary schools.
According to TSC, the grand validation process is aimed at verifying teacher distribution, utilisation and teaching specialisation in all public education institutions.
It shall also help the commission to update the existing information on teachers’ bio data and validate the teacher requirement in all public schools and training colleges by size and learner enrollment.
The findings of the exercise will put to rest a long standing claim that thousands of teachers have over the years irregularly withdrew salaries from the commission’s payroll.
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