The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced plans to employ 6000 more intern teachers in both primary and secondary schools across the country.
TSC is an independent commission that has a mandate to employ, fire, promote, register and manage the conduct of teachers.
TSC in the recent past has been recruiting teachers who have already trained from the colleges and the universities in the country. However, the number of vacancies advertised is far much low compared to the number of qualified unemployed teachers.
Since 2017 TSC has employed a total of 23,700 teachers out of the target of 50,504 teachers which was set by the Commission.
According to TSC Boss Dr Nancy Macharia there is still a shortage of teachers in public schools which need to be addressed with immediate effect. Dr highlighted that the teacher shortage in public schools stood at 103,931.
The recently recruited teachers under permanent and pensionable terms have been receiving their posting letters to their respective institutions.
Dr Macharia, TSC CEO further noted that the recent July teacher recruitment increased the number of teachers hired to ensure the success of the 100 per cent transition policy to 28,700. This raises the total of TSC employed teachers to 330,671.
The 6000 announced intern teachers will be expected to report to their stations where they will be appointed by January 2022.
TSC CEO, Dr Macharia has also disclosed that the additional 6000 intern teachers shall help to reduce the gap of teacher shortage in public schools amidst the government’s primary school to secondary school 100 per cent transition policy.
According to the TSC CEO, the commission shall spend Sh. 1.2 billion to recruit the additional 6000 intern teachers.
On behalf of the commission, Dr Macharia appreciated to effort of the government to allocate funds to the commission to aid teacher recruitment exercise.
Of the 6000 intern teachers set to be employed, secondary schools are allocated 4000 slots while 2000 slots go to primary schools.
The recruitment exercise shall be conducted from late November 2021 to early December 2021 when the current internship contract is going to expire.
Teacher Service Commission pays intern teachers Sh 20,000 for secondary school interns and 15,000 for primary school interns.
This is indeed some good news to the thousands of unemployed teachers who did not secure the TSC job in July mass recruitment and replacement of 3914 teachers who exited service which came thereafter.