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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VACANCIES FOR TEACHING POSTS IN PUBLIC PRIMARY AND POST PRIMARY INSTITUTIONS - AUGUST, 2016

To download  vaccancies pdf visit http://teachersnoticeboard.co.ke/downloads
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:

Three Insurance firms eye Sh5.6bn medical cover for teachers

The lucrative multi-billion-shilling tender to provide medical cover to 298,000 teachers in Kenya has attracted bids from three insurance companies.

Liaison Insurance, AoN Kenya and Clarkson Insurance are eyeing the annual medical cover worth Sh5.6 billion.

The contract will be for three years, unlike previously when it was annual.

The trio has quoted between Sh14.7 billion and Sh17.7 billion for the three-year contract.

7000 MORE TEACHERS TO BE HIRED BY TSC NEXT MONTH

The Government will next month hire more than 7,000 teachers to ease shortages across the country.

About 4,000 will be for secondary schools while the rest will be sent to primary schools, said Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

“We intend to reduce the teacher-student ratio to a reasonable level. This will improve the quality of services delivered by teachers,” he said, adding that the State had allocated funds to ensure the transition rate from primary to secondary improved.

University graduates database set up in war on fake certificates

Employers will soon be able to access academic information on graduates from a State agency as the government races to curb the use of fake certificates in securing jobs.

The Kenya National Qualifications Authority has started a database that will have information on graduates from all levels of education.

The universities regulator has raised the alarm over increased use of fake degrees to secure employment in an economy with a shortage of openings in the job market.