The government plans to employ more Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers in the next fiscal year as part of its efforts to alleviate the existing teacher shortage in schools.
During the same period, all JSS teachers currently serving as interns will be offered permanent positions, with the government allocating funds specifically for this initiative.
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro revealed that Parliament, through a supplementary budget, had earmarked funds for the hiring of additional teachers.
Speaking at a harambee event in Kikopey Gilgil, Nyoro announced that an extra Ksh 5 billion had been allocated for school capitation.
“In the next financial year all interns serving as JSS teachers will be employed permanently as we get more teachers,” he stated.
Addressing concerns about the high cost of living, Nyoro defended the government’s actions, citing a reduction in maize flour prices attributed to the subsidized fertilizer program.
Despite public outcry, he asserted that the country’s economic growth ranked among the top in the world.
“We acknowledge the public concerns, but the government is actively addressing these issues, and we have allocated funds to support all cash crops,” Nyoro affirmed.
President William Ruto’s government has se aside Ksh 3.9 Billion shillings for the construction of an additional 15,021 classrooms for Junior Secondary School (JSS) by 2025, in an effort to accommodate the inaugural grade 9 learners.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) recently directed school heads to start renewing internship contracts of primary and secondary school intern teachers.
In a memo addressed to school heads, the Commission specifies that the extension offer applies solely to teachers willing to continue their internship.
“You are advised to liase with the teachers serving as interns (Secondary, JSS and Primary) in your school and are willing to renew their contract for period January 2024 to 31st January 2025.” reads one of the memo sent to headteachers in Kajiado County.