TSC Hopeful On 5000 Teacher Recruitment Despite Insufficient Allocations Of Funds.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia has said that the money set aside by the Treasury for hiring additional teachers this fiscal year is insufficient.
Concerning the teacher shortage, Dr Macharia stated that the commission was hopeful that the government would hire 5,000 new tutors.
“This is an election year. We know there are limited resources but we remain hopeful that the government will listen to us and ensure our children have enough teachers.”
TSC received only enough money to hire 5,000 teachers, despite a current shortage of 100,000, she said.
The deficit, she added, is felt throughout the country and is not limited to the Coast region, particularly Kilifi, as claimed by MPs and others.
The leaders accused TSC of discriminating against the county in teacher allocation, which they claimed contributed to poor performance in the classroom.
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“The teacher shortage is widespread, and Kilifi is not exceptional. We are trying the best we can,” she said.
“We have tried to recruit interns and the normal permanent and pensionable teachers, but the government gives us a budget only to employ 5,000 teachers. When you have over 100,000 teachers less, that is a drop in the ocean,” she said.
According to Dr. Macharia, the distribution of teachers in primary and secondary schools is determined by need.
“We try to distribute them equitably all over the country. In primary schools, (20 new teachers will be hired in each county),” she said.
She was speaking in Mombasa at the time when she led senior government officials in witnessing the opening of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination materials at the Kisauni deputy county commissioner office.
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