More than 60,000 primary school teachers have not shown interest in applying TSC advertised vacancies in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS)
TSC has managed to employ 30,000 teachers in JSS; however, they are facing difficulties finding teachers for some regions of the country.
According to a document from the TSC, only 8,367 teachers from primary schools have made the move to teach in the newly established Junior Secondary Schools. Surprisingly, there are 68,671 qualified primary school teachers who are eligible to teach in those schools.
For deployment to JSS, the minimum qualification required is a diploma in Education.
Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics indicates that there are 2,047 teachers with master’s and doctorate degrees, while 27,324 teachers hold bachelor’s degrees, and 39,300 have diplomas.
Majority of teachers possess certificates (P1) in primary teacher education, numbering to at least 152,839, but they do not meet the requirements to teach in junior secondary.
The TSC document submitted to the National Assembly Committee on Education on July 11 explains that primary school teachers seem unwilling to transfer to junior secondary school due to the lack of additional benefits associated with the new roles.
“Our analysis has revealed that a sizable number of teachers beyond the grade of C2, especially deputies and headteachers of primary schools, did not apply for deployment to Junior Secondary School since they are already in higher job groups as there was no extra motivation.” The document states.
KNUT secretary general, Collins Oyuu, opined that while junior school may seem like an advancement in learning areas and workload on paper, it fails to compensate teachers accordingly.
Oyuu argued that lack of compensation reflecting the complexity of handling junior school makes these positions unattractive.
In JSS, learners take 12 compulsory subjects: English, Mathematics, Pre-technical studies, Kiswahili, Integrated Science, Social Studies, Business Studies, Agriculture, Religious Education, Health Education, Sports and Physical Education, and Life Skills Education.
Currently, 21,365 teachers have been recruited to teach in JSS under the internship program that lasts for one year, with 9,000 serving on a permanent and pensionable basis.
With just over 23,000 primary schools, it means that each school has been assigned at least one tutor for the Junior school section.