On Friday last week, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) announced mass recruitment of teachers to curb the ongoing shortage across the country.
The vacancies advertised by the body included 9,000 posts on permanent and pensionable terms of service for secondary school teachers and 1,000 posts on permanent and pensionable terms of service for primary school teachers.
According to sources from the Ruto administration, UDA elected leaders have been given the privilege to directly pick teachers from their constituencies and forward their names to the TSC for recruitment. This is raising concerns that due process will not be followed in the recruitment exercise, and that only UDA-registered TSC number holders will be recruited.
The TSC also announced teachers’ internship vacancies of 21,550 posts in junior secondary schools and 4,000 posts in primary schools.
“The Ministry of Education, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), and the TSC will work on modalities of fast-tracking retooling teachers to ensure the country has sufficient numbers who are compliant with CBC,” read part of the last week’s statement shared by the State House Spokesperson, Hussein Mohamed.
The announcement came following the government’s pledge to recruit 30,000 teachers for the academic year starting in 2023.