According to Education Chief Executive Officer, at the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, Nancy Macharia, Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers would receive priority in the January 2023 mass recruitment of 30,000 teachers.
Education CEO was speaking in Mombasa on Friday 2nd December after overseeing the opening of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers, she said that the country was in need of more than 116,000 teachers, with only 68,000 of those needed for secondary schools.
“Some of the new 30,000 teachers will be used in junior secondary schools, some in primary schools, and the remaining will be assigned to 8-4-4 children.” “We are working on these modalities so that we can hire these teachers in January,” she said.
Nancy Macharia stated that they have been hiring 5,000 teachers yearly and that the hiring of 30,000 teachers in January 2023 will significantly help to ease the teacher shortage.
According to Macharia, the training on the new competency-based curriculum (CBC) for JSS was supposed to begin in March but was postponed because of the elections in August.
“We recently started teacher training because initially JSS was supposed to be housed in a secondary school, but we didn’t finish,” she continued. We will resume the training, beginning with Grade 7 teachers, now that the new government has resolved the issue after analyzing the report from the CBC task force constituted by the President
“We will engage with all pertinent education stakeholders in order to provide teachers with additional time to complete training and acquire the necessary tools.” They only need a little exposure to what is expected of them, she said.