The ministry of education is working to ensure that new infrastructural facilities are set up to accommodate the alarming numbers of students who are going to join secondary schools in the 2023 looming double intake.
In relation to the 2023 double intake, the teacher service commission is also planning to deploy over 36,341 primary school teachers who have acquired higher qualifications to teach at junior secondary schools to meet the staffing needs following the roll-out of the new curriculum.
Those who will be deployed to teach in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) include the P1 teachers who hold Diplomas, Higher Diplomas, undergraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters and PhDs.
The process of deploying Primary Teacher Education (PTE) graduate teachers has started. The teacher service commission (TSC) has begun this process and is set to deploy more than 1000 P1 teachers to teach in secondary schools across the country.
In the last two years, TSC has promoted PTE teachers to secondary school tutors. In 2019 the Teacher Service Commission promoted 1000 teachers and in 2020 the commission promoted 1000 teachers. The 2000 P1 teachers who were deployed have received deployment letters and they are now offering their services in secondary schools.
The Career Progression Guidelines for teachers (CPG) stipulate that the promoted P1 graduate teachers start at job grade C2 with a salary scale of 34,955 per month and will subject to promotion to job grade C3 after completion of three years in C2.
The TSC qualification and guidelines for deployment of PTE teachers are as follows:
- The applicant should have a P1 certificate;
- The applicant should be a Kenyan citizen;
- The applicant MUST be a holder of Bachelor’s Degree in education with two teaching subjects;
- Must have a minimum mean grade of C+ in KCSE or its equivalent and a C+ in the two teaching subjects.
- Must be employer by the Teacher Service Commission.
TSC has taken this move to reduce the burden on the secondary school teachers due to the 100 percent transition policy for KCSE candidates to secondary schools.
TSC finally reported that the PTE teachers are deployed competitively and the process is going to be fair to promote non-discrimination and equity.