The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has directed school heads to start renewing internship contracts of primary and secondary school intern teachers.
In a memo addressed to school heads, the Commission specifies that the extension offer applies solely to teachers willing to continue their internship.
“You are advised to liase with the teachers serving as interns (Secondary, JSS and Primary) in your school and are willing to renew their contract for period January 2024 to 31st January 2025.” reads one of the memo sent to headteachers in Kajiado County.
The directive emerges amid protests from junior secondary school (JSS) intern teachers opposing the renewal of internship contracts. The teachers advocate for permanent and pensionable terms, asserting that a one-year internship is sufficient.
Recently, TSC confirmed its commitment to employ intern teachers on permanent terms only after completing a two-year internship.
TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia stated that contract renewals for current intern teachers would commence in January 2024.
Macharia however, dismissed the possibility of confirming the existing 46,000 intern teachers to permanent and pensionable status due to budget constraints.
The TSC boss clarified that the earliest absorption of primary and secondary school intern teachers into the permanent and pensionable payroll would occur in 2025, contingent on their initial recruitment period.
Macharia also explained that TSC lacked the funds for permanent employment but would absorb teachers if given enough funds.
TSC’s 2022 recruitment included 20,000 intern teachers in February and another 20,000 in August. Additionally, 1,995 intern teachers were posted to schools in January, with contract renewals for 4,005 teachers whose terms ended in December 2021. This brought the total number of intern teachers to 46,000.
Primary and secondary school interns earn a monthly stipend of Kshs. 15,000 and Kshs. 20,000, respectively, with deductions of around sh. 2,000 for primary and sh. 3,000 for secondary.