The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has disclosed that trained unemployed teachers in the North Eastern counties are avoiding teaching vacancies in the region.
During her appearance before the National Assembly Education Committee on Tuesday, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia revealed that out of 36,000 vacancies advertised in December 2022, 35,790 had been filled. However, 210 intern teacher vacancies in Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa counties remain unfilled due to the absence of applications.
Macharia specified that 174 vacancies in Mandera, 29 in Wajir, and seven in Garissa counties remain vacant. Despite readvertising the 210 vacancies in May 2023, no applicants from the three regions expressed interest.
“We have reached out to local leaders, sent letters to governors, and extensively advertised through various mediums, leaving no stone unturned,” stated Macharia.
The committee inquired why these positions remained unoccupied despite the Commission’s advertisements. Macharia explained that teachers are reluctant to accept internship posts in certain areas due to insecurity and unfavorable working conditions.
Over the years, the North Eastern region has experienced numerous terror attacks, resulting in the loss of teachers’ lives. This has led to widespread criticism of the delocalization policy.
The delocalization policy Introduced by the TSC in 2018 was abolished in November 2022 following a motion passed by Lurambi MP Titus Khamala.
The motion proposed that trained teachers from terrorism-prone areas be posted within their home regions to prevent further attacks on non-local teachers.
Macharia acknowledged that the Commission faces the challenge of inadequate budgetary provisions to recruit a sufficient number of teachers to address the shortage.
The MPs announced their intention to summon Interior CS Kithure Kindiki to address the issue of insecurity in the North Eastern region.
“This is a significant crisis that our committee must tackle. We need to summon the CS for internal security to address the issue of insecurity in North Eastern and ensure the protection of teachers,” expressed the committee.
Macharia reiterated that to tackle the problem, the Commission has made efforts to retain teachers in their chosen subcounties where vacancies exist to reduce relocation costs. She emphasized that the vacancies are open to all applicants.