The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is set to redeploy 18,194 additional teachers from public primary schools to regions facing staffing shortages.
Speaking during the announcement of the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination results at Moi Girls High School Eldoret TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia announced that the move is aimed at ensuring a balanced distribution of educators across the country.
Macharia explained that the introduction of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) in primary and Junior Secondary Schools (JSSs) has impacted staffing levels.
The reduction of two classes (Standard 7 and 8) in primary schools has considerably diminished the need for teachers at that level.
“We continue reviewing our systems and staffing levels at both primary and post-primary levels to ensure that teachers are equitably distributed in institutions across the country. We take note for example, that the implementation of CBC in our primary and Junior Schools has shaken up the staffing levels,” She stated.
“The number of classes at the primary school level has reduced by two classes (Standard 7 and 8). Consequently, the teacher requirement for primary schools has reduced significantly leading to an excess of 18,194 staff. The Commission will redistribute all these teachers to schools to ensure all institutions have balanced and lower teacher-to-learner ratios,” Macharia further stated..
The TSC CEO also highlighted the staffing challenge in Junior Secondary Schools, citing a shortage of 42,117 teachers at the Grade 8 level due to the addition of one class in 2024.
The current demand for teachers stands at 99,045, while the existing number is 56,928.
Macharia announced that in the next financial year, TSC had requested funds for recruitment of an additional 20,000 teachers.
During the 2023 KCSE examinations, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) contracted a total of 100,771 teachers.
70,895 teachers served as invigilators, supervisors, and centre managers, while 29,876 teachers were engaged as examiners in 40 centers to evaluate the 2023 KCSE Examination.