The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) announced that it will advertise 20,000 intern teacher vacancies next week.
During the 46th KESSHA Conference in Mombasa, TSC Chairperson Jamleck Muturi stated that eligible candidates can apply for the positions when the advertisement is made next week.
Muturi further revealed that the commission received an increased budget of Sh323.7 billion in the 2023-24 fiscal year, which exceeds the allocation for 2022-23 by Sh24 billion.
To address the teacher shortage within the country, Sh4.6 billion will be utilized to hire intern teachers.
Additionally, Sh1 billion has been allocated for the promotion of teachers, including principals who have been stagnant for an extended period. Another Sh1.3 billion will be used for capacity-building of teachers for the CBC.
The commission has also trained 163,938 teachers on the implementation of remote learning nationwide.
This initiative allows a teacher from Machakos High School to remotely teach students at Kanga High School using technology.
Muturi stated that this effort aims to address the teacher shortage situation in the country, complementing the government’s ongoing efforts to employ more teachers.
In the 2022-23 fiscal year, the government employed 30,550 teachers for Junior secondary schools. Out of these, 9,000 were employed on permanent and pensionable terms, while 21,550 were intern teachers.
The deployment was based on a per-stream basis, with each school receiving one teacher per stream.
Muturi urged principals to exercise prudence and innovation in utilizing the limited resources available to them, in order to enhance effectiveness and efficiency.
He encouraged them to devise innovative income-generating activities to supplement government funding, which is often insufficient.
Muturi also announced that TSC has established a fully equipped wellness center with qualified medical staff to assist in rehabilitating principals and teachers who succumb to alcoholism and drugs and substance abuse as a result of work-related stress.