The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has requested an annual budget allocation of Ksh14.8 billion to tackle the shortage of teachers in the country.
During a hearing before the Senate’s National Cohesion Committee, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia stated that the commission needs to hire an additional 111,870 teachers within five years.
Since January 2023, the commission has recruited only 30,000 teachers.
Macharia acknowledged that despite their implemented strategies, the commission still faces a shortage of 111,870 teachers, with 47,329 needed at the primary level and 64,541 needed in post-primary institutions nationwide.
The government had previously announced plans to employ 35,000 teachers by September, primarily in junior secondary schools where learning has been challenging.
To address the teacher shortage, Macharia emphasized that the commission requires an annual budget of Ksh.14.8 billion for the next five years.
However, some committee members expressed concerns about the government’s ability to secure the necessary funds for hiring additional teachers. They suggested recruiting interns who could later be employed on a permanent and pensionable basis instead.
In response, Macharia clarified that TSC is already recruiting intern teachers and mentioned the Kenya Kwanza government’s commitment to recruiting 116,000 teachers when it came into office.
TSC has already hired 36,000 teachers in an exercise conducted in January, with 30,550 positions allocated to junior secondary schools, 5,000 positions to primary schools across all 47 counties, and 450 positions to secondary schools.