More than one million candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) 2019 are expected to join secondary schools come next year in the recently adopted 100 percent transition.
While Kenyan secondary schools prepare to absorb 1,083,456 students in form one, lack of enough teachers continues to sting the education sector.
Given that the Cabinet Secretary of Education Prof. George Magoha, upon releasing the KCPE results on Monday, 18th November confirmed that all candidates would secure a place in secondary schools, teachers are bound to have an increased workload if all students are to be well taken care of.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chief executive Dr. Nancy Macharia acknowledged the impending strain on secondary school teachers and said the commission is ready to tackle the crisis.
Speaking during the release of KCPE results, Dr. Macharia commended teachers for working hard and urged them to ensure high-quality learning for students.
“We really appreciate the fact that many of our teachers are working well amidst all the challenges. We have a plan of hiring more teachers and replacing those who leave through natural attrition on a continuous basis,” said Dr. Macharia.
TSC CEO also promised that they have initiated the process of negotiating the 2021-2025 CBA to ensure that teachers benefit from better terms of service.
Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Magoha said that the government is keen to ensure that the 100 percent transition is successful, that it will roll out an 8 billion shilling program to build classrooms and laboratories in 110 sub-counties in 30 counties in 2020.
For the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), the ministry of education and the TSC plans on getting 100,900 teachers trained to fit the new curriculum starting December 2nd, which will make the total number of CBC trained teachers 228,000 by the end of the year 2019.