More than 11,000 teachers will be hired to ease the shortage in public schools countrywide.
The Teachers’ Service Commission said in a notice on Tuesday that it would be employing 5,122 teachers in primary schools and 4,878 in secondary and other post-primary institutions. It would also replace 1,139 teachers who have left the service.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers welcomed the announcement but asked TSC to hire more.
“We are happy with the announcement but we have always said there is a shortage of 80,000 teachers in the country,” said Mr Mudzo Nzili, the Knut secretary-general.
The National Parents and Teachers Association also asked TSC to employ more teachers.
“That is a very small number. We want more teachers. In fact we expected that the government would hire between 25,000 and 30,000 teachers to improve the teacher-student ratio in public schools,” said association chairman Nathan Barasa.
In this year’s Budget, the government pledged Sh118.7 billion to cater for teachers’ pay and the hiring of new ones. It also allocated Sh1.9 billion to employ pre-primary teachers. The country will still need 70,000 more teachers after the hiring of the 11,000.
Applications for the jobs must be sent before August 16.
Those who had registered with TSC at the height of the teachers’ strike last month have been advised to apply afresh in sub-counties they are registered in.
For primary school applicants, they must have a P1 certificate and should send their applications to the staffing officers in their respective sub-counties. Secondary school applicants should apply to the Boards of Governors of schools where vacancies have been announced, and copy the application to the TSC county directors.
All applicants must be registered teachers.
TSC warned that fraudsters could take advantage of the applications to extort money from job-seekers. Those in doubt should write to TSC on firstname.lastname@example.org or call -020-2641065/020-2641065.