The Teacher Service Commission (TSC) raises government funding through parliament to recruit more teachers.
During the conclusion of the 17th Conference of Delegates of Primary School Heads in Mombasa, the chairman of the TSC, Dr. Jamleck Muturi that the commission will employ at least 5,000 teachers annually to address the teacher deficit.
TSC is currently facing a crisis as around 25,000 teachers aged 58 and over will be retiring in two years’ time.
During the state budget, Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani Kanacho proposed a budget of Ksh 2.5 billion to help recruit additional teachers in the 2021/2022 budget year.
The chairman said the commission is mandating the national government to allocate more funding to recruitment and compensation in educational institutions.
Dr. Jamleck said the country’s schools are facing challenges of lack of infrastructure and study materials while the country is facing an economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the same time, the chairman criticized the moral decline in schools, which he attributed to a lack of mentorship, and called on the school principals to develop strategies to rescue and cope with the situation.
To fill the gaps in the teaching staff, the chairman said there is ongoing teacher training on CBC that is fully government funded.
The TSC Chairman said that through the TSC, the government is streamlining the education sector by automating services in the areas of staff recruitment, registration of services within the TSC, and vacation requests among other services.
By adopting a communiqué read by KEPSHA’s National Secretary Philip Mitei, members decided to help the government develop a Covid-19 recovery plan aimed at empowering the education sector through training.
Delegates also pledged to support competency-based curricula (CBC) and the Ministry of Education’s policies in improving schools.