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Teachers in P1 reject JSS promotions in favor of transfers

Teachers in P1 reject JSS promotions in favor of transfers

P1 teachers favor transfers over promotions to JSS. 60,000 elementary school teachers are opposed to working in junior high or high school.

Some areas of the country are having trouble filling teaching positions despite the fact that the Teachers Service Commission has employed 30,000 instructors in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS).

Only 8,367 primary school teachers had moved to work in the recently opened junior secondary schools, according to a TSC document.

This is true even though 68,671 primary school instructors have licenses to instruct junior high school students.

Deployment to JSS requires a teaching degree.

Kenya’s National Bureau of Statistics reports that 2,047 of the country’s teachers hold master’s and doctoral degrees.

Primary school instructors were reluctant to move to junior secondary schools, according to TSC’s justification in the document, because the new positions offered few to no rewards.

The document is a piece of the reply to the teachers’ employer provided on July 11 by the National Assembly Committee on Education.

According to the document, “our analysis has revealed that a significant number of teachers beyond the grade of C2, particularly deputies and headteachers of primary schools, did not apply for deployment to Junior Secondary School because they are already in higher job groups and there was no additional motivation.”

While junior high appears to be a step forward in terms of subject substance and workload, the same cannot be said for teacher salary, said Collins Oyuu, secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers.

Oyuu thinks the positions are undesirable because there is no pay for the effort required to get through junior high school.

English, mathematics, pre-technical studies, kiswahili, integrated science, social studies, business studies, agriculture, religion, health education, sports and physical education, and life skills education are required of all junior high school students.

“If a teacher can earn the same amount of money but has a heavier workload and teaches at a higher level, they will not move,” claimed Oyuu.

Any teacher who is prepared to advance to junior high has the ability to do that, though.

TSC reports that the website for teachers looking to move from elementary to secondary schools is now accessible, and recruiting will continue as usual.

“The portal for application for deployment to Junior School is still vacant, and teachers who acquire the necessary qualifications are free to apply and be deployed on a continuous basis,” the report states.

9,000 permanent and pensionable teachers, along with 21,365 intern applicants, have been hired as of today to instruct at junior high schools.

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This translates to around 30,365 instructors employed by state-owned junior secondary schools nationwide.

Every one of the more than 23,000 primary schools has a tutor assigned to the junior school division.

However, throughout the hiring process, 185 teaching posts in Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa became vacant. The areas received no candidates, not even after a second advertisement.

CBC implementation deteriorates as a result, and the inequity gap brought on by the new educational system grows. According to TSC, another difficulty in finding junior secondary school instructors was that some professionals were hesitant to accept teaching internship positions in particular places due to the size of the pay.

The letter states that in order to solve this and save on relocation costs, “the commission has endeavored to retain these teachers in their preferred sub-county where vacancies exist.”

TSC is concerned that there are not enough resources available to hire skilled teachers.

According to TSC, Junior Secondary Schools currently need to hire 70,430 instructors.

This means that the educational system now has a 40,000-person teacher shortfall.

Pre-technical education (8,385), English, Mathematics, Kiswahili, and integrated science (6,708) all urgently want more teachers.

Kenya Sign Language only needs 91 tutors, which is the lowest required number of teachers.

There is a significant demand for tutors in agriculture, social studies, business studies, and electives (5,031).

There will be a demand for 3,354 teachers in the fields of physical education, religion, and health.

To teach life skills, there will be a requirement for 1,677 teachers.

In a study by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms, it was found that a significant concern was that instructors were not prepared in new learning areas such as performing arts and technical subjects.

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