Money set aside to hire 80,000 teachers on contract

Early this year, members of the National Assembly endorsed a proposal by the teachers’ employer to recruit some 87,393 interns to bridge the biting staffing gap

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia told MPs it would require up to Sh2 billion to recruit the intern teachers. “We need these teachers so that they can help us in addressing the shortage on the teaching staff,” Macharia told MPs early this year. Sources hinted that the contract teachers would be paid about Sh14, 000 and Sh10, 000 per month for secondary and primary school teachers respectively. TSC already recruited 5,000 high school teachers at a cost of Sh2.5 billion to support the 100 per cent transition. Macharia told MPs that a total of 12, 626 teachers are required to fully actualise the 100 per cent transition.

On the overall shortage – other than supporting the 100 per cent transition – TSC said that it requires Sh6.5 billion to hire 10,000 additional teachers. Overall, TSC currently has some 318, 010 teachers on its payroll across primary and secondary schools. A list tabled by TSC in Parliament shows that primary schools have a total teaching force of 216, 517 leaving a shortage of 37, 643. And secondary schools have a total staffing force of 100, 493 leaving a gap of 49, 750. MPs, however, directed TSC to prepare proper guidelines for the recruitment of the tutors.

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