TSC Interns: In March this year, Bizna Kenya reported that the Teachers Service Commission was set to hire 5,000 teachers on permanent and pensionable basis. The commission was also set to hire 10,000 intern teachers starting this July.
This was after the National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriation committee failed to grant the the commission’s request for Sh. 15.4 billion to recruit 25,000 tutors. Instead, the commission granted the TSC Sh. 2 billion for the recruitment of 5,000 teachers on permanent and pensionable terms.
In a subsequent address by President Uhuru Kenyatta on the measures the government was taking to curb the effects of coronavirus, Sh. 6.5 billion was given to the Ministry of Education for hiring more teachers and improving infrastructure. The President said that part of the money will be used to hire 10,000 teachers and 1,000 ICT interns during the Covid-19 pandemic season.
The President further said the money will also be used to buy 250,000 desks for schools across the country. Mr Kenyatta said the desks will be made by local artisans. “The employment of new teachers is a one of the strategies of ensuring that thousands of unemployed graduates get jobs in the teaching profession,” said Mr Kenyatta.
In its strategic plan, 2019-2023, the teachers’ commission had indicated that it requires Sh. 82 billion to recruit teachers over the next five years.
This was based on the commission’s attempt to bridge the teachers’ shortage in the face of 100 per cent transition to secondary schools.
Currently, the TSC estimates that there is a teachers’ shortage of up to 100,000. The shortage is expected to hit 120,000 by year 2023.
“On average, it require Sh. 16.4 billion annually to recruit teachers. Presently, TSC estimates an overall teacher shortage of 96,345 – 38,054 at the primary and 58,291 at the post-primary school levels. At the moment 80,000 teachers are hired by school’s boards of management,” said a report that appeared in a local daily.
Last year, the commission recruited 5,000 secondary school teachers this year and is in the process of hiring 10,000 interns. TSC Interns.