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TSC to Recruit 6,000 More Teachers

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TSC to Recruit 6,000 More Teachers

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced additional good news for educators, revealing plans to advertise 6,000 more positions during the current financial year. This development follows the allocation of Sh1 billion for the promotion of teachers.

The news comes barely days after TSC initiated a new phase in the deployment of Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers to address the current shortage.

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A notice was shared on TSC’s social media platform, urging interested individuals to submit deployment requests by March 18. It was emphasized that only teachers under permanent and pensionable terms in public schools who meet the necessary qualifications should apply.

Addressing the deduction of the controversial Housing Levy from teachers’ salaries for January, Ms. Macharia clarified during a press briefing in Nairobi. She explained that the commission implemented the deduction because the court ruling suspending it was issued after the payroll had been prepared and funds disbursed. The court ruling occurred on January 26.

In a recent appearance before Parliament to address queries raised by the Auditor-General, it was revealed that the TSC had disbursed millions of shillings to teachers who had already left the service.

TSC Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Nancy Macharia, addressed the resolution of an issue that required Public Accounts Committee intervention. This typically occurs when a teacher passes away, resigns, or faces dismissal after salaries have been disbursed.

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Macharia explained the payroll process, which involves running it by the 20th of each month with payments made by the 22nd. Any overpayments are later deducted, and the commission has implemented a digital entry and exit system for head teachers to manage such situations in real time.

Regarding the TSC Amendment Bill (2024) reforms, Macharia emphasized the commission’s engagement with stakeholders in the education sector to seek consensus before presenting the Bill to Parliament. Despite invitations, senior ministry officials and representatives from Knut were absent from the first stakeholder engagement forum.

Macharia reported a recent meeting with university deans to discuss registration requirements. She highlighted the commission’s alignment with the constitutional mandate and implementation of recommendations from the Presidential Working Party on Educational Reforms (PWPER).

The Ministry of Education’s sub-committee is working on these recommendations for a sessional paper to guide the sector.

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Addressing concerns about the teacher development program, Macharia clarified that the commission has requested Sh3.2 billion from Parliament to fund the training instead of burdening teachers.

Cavin Anyuor, TSC director for legal, labour, and industrial relations, emphasized the goal of making teaching a professional and attractive career, expressing the commission’s aspiration to export well-prepared teachers capable of meeting global market demands.

TSC to Recruit 6,000 More Teachers

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