President William Ruto has asked Junior Secondary School (JSS) intern teachers to exercise patience, guaranteeing them employment after completing a two-year contract.
Ruto emphasized that it has become a government practice for intern teachers to undergo a two-year internship before securing permanent and pensionable positions.
Addressing a media roundtable at State House on Sunday, the President urged JSS intern teachers to remain calm and trust the process.
“The JSS intern teachers will be at work in January. We had promised that before being employed on permanent and pensionable terms in all the sectors, they must do an internship for two years,” he said.
President Ruto underscored the government’s commitment to the internship process in various sectors, citing the recent intake of interns at the Public Service Commission.
He reiterated that the JSS intern teachers would receive priority consideration for employment after completing their two-year internships.
Despite concerns raised by JSS intern teachers about working for a year without proper employment terms and facing substantial workloads, the Teacher Service Commission has been renewing their one-year contracts.
The teachers, currently stationed in primary schools across the country, have expressed dissatisfaction and have even threatened to boycott work if their status is not confirmed by January.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has opposed contract extensions for intern teachers, insisting that they should transition to permanent and pensionable terms.
KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu, highlighted the union’s understanding with the TSC through a Memorandum of Understanding, emphasizing that the initial proposal for a one-year internship should be upheld, and contract renewals should not be acceptable.