TSC Start Cleaning Of Teachers Register, Several Ghost Teachers On Payroll In Hot Soup.
Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is set to start cleaning of teachers register through the biometric teacher registration.
TSC is set to initiate the process of mass registration of all teachers across the country to weed out the ghost teachers who are on TSC payroll.
During a media engagement forum on Saturday, November 27, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia said the program for biometric registration, which started earlier this year will be of great help in cleaning the teachers’ register.
The said that the programme was successfully conducted in which was 143 institutions in seven selected counties.
The TSC CEO added that the program which is geared towards getting the actual data of all teachers and tutors in higher institutions will work in full force starting March next year.
According to Macharia, the commission requires more than 300,000 teachers to provide their biometric data to establish the actual number of teachers in the country and they shall be called upon to update their details from time to time to enhance the efficiency in service delivery.
The biometric teacher registration, teachers will be required to use fingerprints to get the details. Besides the fingerprint, each teacher shall produce his/her National Identity Card or Birth Certificate and any other relevant identity document such as employment or designation letter.
The exercise will also reveal teacher distribution across the country based on subject composition and highest academic qualifications attained so that the commission can identify staffing gaps that will inform training needs for different subject areas.
Additionally, Dr Nancy Macharia addressed the issue of teachers shortage in different institutions countrywide noting that the Western Region of Kenya is the most affected.
The seven counties which were targeted by the pilot program include Uasin Gishu, Bungoma, Kilifi, Kitui, Homa Bay, Nyeri and Garissa.