In the 2023-24 Budget, TSC has been granted Sh316.7 billion, which accounts for half of the total allocation of Sh628.6 billion for the education sector.
Additionally, the TSC has been allotted Sh4.8 billion for the recruitment of 20,000 intern teachers, an increase from the previous year’s allocation of Sh2.5 billion for teacher recruitment.
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia stated that the commission requires Sh2.2 billion for teacher promotions across various job levels. However, the government has only allocated Sh1.1 billion for this purpose.
Macharia further mentioned that the commission needs Sh2.1 billion to support teacher professional development.
In her submission to the National Assembly’s Committee on Education and Research, Macharia emphasized that the recruitment of teachers aligns with the objectives of the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda.
“These teachers are not only expected to address the shortage in our public schools but also to ensure that learners receive high-quality education.” She stated.
“First, it will provide employment opportunities for the many young people who are currently unemployed. Second, it will enhance the quality of education and improve the living standards of households across the country.” Macharia highlighted the positive effects of intern teacher recruitment.
Budget on Education
A budget of Ksh12.5 billion has been allocated to support Free Primary Education (FPE), while an amount of Ksh65.4 billion has been designated for Free Day Secondary Schools, which includes insurance coverage through the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).
Additionally, Ksh25.5 billion will be utilized for Junior Secondary School (JSS) capitation, and Ksh5 billion will be allocated to waive examination fees.
In order to enhance the implementation of the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC), Ksh1.3 billion has been allocated for teacher training.
Ksh400 million has been allocated for the Digital Literacy Program and ICT integration in secondary schools.
The government has also proposed an additional Ksh4.9 billion for the school feeding program and Ksh940 million to provide sanitary towels.