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The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on Tuesday struck a deal that will see the entry level into the teaching profession upgraded.

This will see more than 100,000 teachers promoted following the phasing out of the P1 entry grade in an agreement reached between the teachers’ employer and their union representatives.

At the end of two days of deliberations at a Naivasha hotel, the two parties emerged with a negotiated deal that also covers a salary increment for the teachers.

Teachers remain firm on salaries increment demands ahead of talks

Although teachers are today keeping their fingers crossed hoping for a deal that will give them a 300 per cent basic salary increase, the reality is that they are likely to be offered much lower than that when their union leaders meet TSC officials.

When the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) met Teachers Service Commission (TSC) officials two weeks ago, the employer asked them for more time to examine their demands for the next Collective Bargaining Agreement which will come into force next year.

Half of Kenya's primary school teachers don’t attend class – report

Nearly a half of primary schools teachers in Kenya do not attend classes and this costs the country Sh27 billion a year, a report by the Education Commission has revealed.

The report also says that about 16 per cent of teachers do not report to school at all.

This means that out of about 200,000 teachers in primary schools, more than 30,000 teachers do not go to school while about 90,000 who go to school do not go to class to teach.

TSC set to begin countrywide school inspection.

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) officials start a countrywide inspection of schools on Tuesday ahead of national examinations, which kick off on November 1.

At least 1.5 million candidates will this year sit for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.

The commissioners will also monitor how the performance contracting for principals and teachers is progressing.

Wait for overhaul on Teacher service commission

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is set for an overhaul that will see several semi-autonomous agencies in the Ministry of Education collapsed.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i will be involved in the appointment of commissioners and the chief executive officer of TSC.

The Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2016 on Education sector has also proposed that the commissioners at TSC be reduced from seven to three.

ministry to hire bursars for schools

The government will take over the employment of bursars and deploy them in schools.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said his ministry was working with the Public Service Commission on how their employment would be carried out with the aim of streamlining the management of public school funds.

Once employed, said Dr Matiang’i, the bursars would be subject to transfers to any part of the country like any other public servant.


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The Teachers Service Commission is advertising 5,000 posts for recruitment of additional teachers (1,225 posts for primary schools and 3,775 posts for post primary schools/ institutions) and 2157 posts to replace teachers who have exited service through natural attrition (1,618 posts for Primary schools and 539 posts for post primary schools/ institutions).
Eligible candidates should meet the following basic requirements: