Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced 11,574 vacancies for public primary and secondary teachers to support government’s 100 per cent transition policy.
“Interested teachers should apply online not later than 14th of this month and must have registered with TSC. They will be employed on permanent and pensionable terms of service. Manual applications will not be accepted and preference will be given to those who have not been previously employed by TSC,” Dr Macharia said.
The commission said 4,000 are new vacancies in secondary schools while 1,100 will be recruited to replace teachers who have exited the service. But 1,000 will be promoted from primary to secondary schools.
To qualify for promotion from primary to secondary schools, applicants must be holders of a P1 certificate and bachelors degree in education with two teaching subjects. Successful candidates in this category will be employed at T-Scale 7, Grade C2 under the career progression guidelines.
Those applying for places in secondary schools must have a minimum of a diploma
For primary schools, 1,000 are new vacancies while 5,474 will be replacements for those who have left the service.
TSC had also budgeted for another 5,000 tutors in its 2020/2021 financial proposals presented to Parliament in June.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has urged TSC to hire more teachers on permanent and pensionable terms. Secretary General Wilson Sossion said this is the only way to address the deficit and ensure learners have enough teachers when schools re-open.
According to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, when schools re-open, each class will have 15 or 20 learners as recommended by World Health Organisation
to allow for social distancing in classes.
The 15 learners per class is also one of the recommendations by the Ministry of Health on managing the virus.
The current 330,000 on TSC payroll plus the 20,000 interns can only teach 5,250,000 learners. This means on any given day, going by the current number of teachers, 6,650,000 learners will not be attended to.
Knut also said that there are 50,000 old teachers under the high risk of COVID-19 infection aged 55 years and above.