The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has provided a thorough evaluation of the Commission’s achievements in light of the 2019-23 Strategic Plan- last five years.
Over the last five years, TSC has prioritized reforms, innovations in the delivery of teaching services, as well as re-engineering service delivery.
Its implementation was monitored and evaluated using a variety of methodologies, including as performance contracting assessments, compliance audits, mid-term and end-term reviews.
Over the past five years, 35,000 new teachers have been hired to facilitate students’ seamless progression from primary to secondary schools.
The achievement was due to the established policy and supporting guidelines for teacher internships.
The commission’s directives outlined a framework for internships and supervised the hiring of 54,300 intern teachers.
TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia stated that in the next five years, the commission aims to hire 111,870 new teachers under permanent and pensionable terms
She said that a large teacher shortage was caused by a rise in the general population, an increase in the number of basic education schools, and tight budgets.
Additionally, the Commission was responsible for the development of a policy framework for entry requirements to teaching services.
“All principals, tutors from teacher training colleges, and deans from 60 out of 90 universities were sensitized on the legal and policy framework on teaching standards,” the report states.
To further formalize the induction, mentorship, and coaching initiative, TSC drafted the Teacher Induction, Mentorship, and Coaching (TIMEC) Policy.
The Commission reported that it has improved the skills of 1,712 field officers, 28,741 BOMs, and 38,354 principals in the area of managing teachers’ conduct in school.
The Commission utilized a multi-agency strategy to retool 229,000 primary school teachers and 55,125 middle and high school teachers to effectively administer the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
“The total number of teachers retooled for the new curriculum represents 82% of the total number of teachers employed by the Commission,” the study states.
In addition, the Commission has rolled out remote learning as a novel approach for alternative forms of curriculum implementation and has sensitized 163,938 instructors to the same .