The national government is set to conduct mass recruitment of 20,000 teachers and build an additional 16,000 classrooms in a bid to bolster the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum.
Basic Education Permanent Secretary Belio Kipsang and his counterpart in the Interior Ministry, Raymond Omollo, highlighted that this move aims to address the scarcity of teachers in basic education institutions.
According to them, the recruitment process is scheduled to commence in July this year.
Kipsang emphasized the government’s acknowledgment of the challenges within the education sector, stating, “We are committed to hiring at least 20,000 teachers by July. Our goal is to ensure an adequate number of teachers in schools for the effective implementation of the CBC.”
Speaking during an education event at Rang’i Primary School and a visit to Orero Boys in Rangwe constituency on Friday, Kipsang noted that the influx of new teachers would create a conducive learning environment for students.
He also mentioned that this recruitment drive would alleviate the burden on School Boards of Management (BOM) regarding teacher recruitment.
“Some schools have a serious teacher shortage in which 50 per cent of teachers are employed by the BOM. The government is putting measures in place to address the issue,” Kipsang explained.
Teacher shortages have posed significant challenges to implementing the CBC, particularly in junior secondary schools.
Many teachers have expressed concerns about being overloaded, teaching four or more subjects despite being trained for only two.
Kipsang reassured that the government is devising strategies to overcome these hurdles, ensuring timely education delivery.
Besides, he disclosed plans to construct 16,000 classrooms for Grade nine learners this year, aiming to alleviate the shortage of classrooms in junior secondary schools.
“The government believes in investing in the future lives of our children. We will construct 52 of the classrooms in Rangwe and 2,025 classrooms in Homa Bay,” Kipsang added.