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.
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.
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.