The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is set to start massive recruitment of junior secondary school (JSS) teachers ahead of the Grade 8 class next year.
In October, TSC was allocated an additional budget of 19.81 shillings billion to cater for the hiring of thousands of new teachers, an increase from the initial projection of 323.82 billion shillings to a total of 343.6 billion shillings
On 7th November, President William Ruto confirmed that the government is committed to allocating 19.7 billion shillings to TSC for the recruitment of more teachers. The president was speaking during the Taxpayers Day celebrations in Mombasa.
Ruto announced that the funds will be made available under the supplementary budget currently awaiting approval by the National Assembly. Under the supplementary budget, the education sector is poised to get Sh62 billion.
“Our budget to TSC has increased by 20 billion shillings because we are hiring additional teachers. Some 56,000 additional teachers are on our payroll this year,” Ruto said.
In the July 2023 budget, TSC had missed funds that it had requested for confirming intern teachers whose contractual terms are ending this year. However, in the new allocation, the Commission will confirm the 20,000 intern teachers it recruited in February this year. The graduate intern teachers will be placed in job group C2, while those with PTE certificates will start in grade B5.
Over the past year, the Kenya Kwanza administration has made commendable strides in tackling the teacher shortage, having employed 35,790 new teachers. 1,000 of these were recruited on permanent and pensionable terms for primary schools while 3,986 interns joined the primary school system.
9,000 teachers were hired on permanent and pensionable terms for junior secondary schools, and an additional 21,365 were recruited as intern teachers for junior schools. The recruitment drive is a departure from the previous administration’s approach, which hired approximately 5,000 teachers annually.