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TSC aims to elevate more than 36,000 instructors.

TSC aims to elevate more than 36,000 instructors.

According to their employer, over 36,000 teachers would be promoted starting the following week in an effort to raise academic standards in junior secondary schools (JSS).

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will appoint 450 new secondary school teachers, per a schedule released on Wednesday.

Ten,833 of the 36,829 teachers slated for advancement, according to TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia, will serve in JSS.

Since the identified candidates have satisfied the prerequisites for deployment, promotions will start on Monday.

Macharia reported to the Education Committee of the National Assembly that TSC was currently mapping the teachers who submitted applications for advancement via its online platform.

According to her testimony before lawmakers, “the mapping process of primary school instructors qualified to teach at junior secondary schools is a continuous procedure, and verification of the mapped files is currently ongoing to find more teachers eligible to be sent to JSS.”

Requirements
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KSCE) examination or its equivalent, a mean grade of at least a C +plus, and at least a C Plus in each of the two teaching topics at KCSE or its equivalent are requirements for deployment to JSS, according to the commission.

One must have completed at least eight units in each of the two teaching subjects throughout their undergraduate studies.

In addition to the 30,550 primary teachers that were distributed to JSS for Grade 7 earlier this year, additional instructors will be deployed. In that phase, the commission assigned one teacher to each Grade Seven class in every public school in the nation.

According to Macharia, the commission had hired 30,550 teachers (one teacher per class), bringing the teacher shortage at Grade Seven to 30,550. The teacher establishment for Grade Seven level is 61,000 (at least two instructors per class).

The transfer takes place at a time when JSS is congested due to a huge influx of new students as a result of the strain on some schools’ infrastructure and the expensive tuition charged by private universities.

Macharia stated that the employment of the 450 secondary school teachers will start as soon as the current hiring campaign came to an end.

The openings appeared after TSC filled 35,550 of the 36,000 available teaching positions.

In addition, there were 21,550 positions for teacher interns in JSS and 4,000 positions for teacher interns in primary schools. Of these, 9,000 positions were on permanent and pensionable terms of service for JSS, 1,000 positions were on permanent and pensionable terms of service for primary school teachers, and

According to Macharia, “the commission was faced with a teacher shortage of 116,000 as of June 2022 (48,327 at the basic level and 67,673 in post-primary teaching nationally)”.

The budgetary allocation for the remaining 25,996 teachers’ promotions for the fiscal year 2022–2023 will be a determining factor.

11,258 of the 25,996 teachers will receive promotions through the Common Cadre, which benefits educators in Job Groups J (C1), K (C2), and L. (C3). After three years of satisfactory performance, job groups J and K are promoted, and job groups K and L are promoted.

A total of 13,717 teachers will be promoted via competitive promotion, which includes online applications, completion of the Teacher Proficiency Course, and interviews conducted by the commission specifically for that reason.

Through affirmative action in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) and difficult to staff locations, an additional 1,021 teachers will receive promotions. The commission grants an additional 5% of the country’s declared teaching positions to certain regions.

In these places, local instructors are hired and kept on to maintain stable staffing levels.

According to Macharia, the commission needs at least Sh2.17 billion to competitively promote 12,634 teachers in the current fiscal year.

Ability and merit
Due to the wide variety of courses taught in the classrooms, the enormous enrollment, and the abundance of educational institutions in those counties, there is a teacher shortage in ASALs and other difficult-to-staff places.

According to Macharia, promotions are made based on a set of standards that include the availability of funds, the presence of open positions, a candidate’s ability and merit as demonstrated by their work performances, seniority and experience, annual performance records, and academic accomplishments.

“Regulation 73 of the Code of Regulations for Teachers, the Career Progression Guidelines, and the Policy on Selection and Appointment of Institutional Administrators” are the foundations for teacher promotion in the public sector, she explained.

Meanwhile, Macharia informed the parliamentarians that the commission had halted teacher delocalization and, as a result, had transferred all 14,733 of the teachers who had made transfer requests as of November 30 of the previous year.

“The commission ceased implementing the delocalization policy and has since continued to transfer teachers who seek for transfer to their home counties in order to address the issue raised during implementation of the aforementioned policy.

In order to address new difficulties in the teaching industry, it has also started reviewing the 2015 Code of Regulation for Teachers, according to Macharia.

Her discussion with MPs took place in the midst of teacher complaints about the large number of students requesting enrollment in Grade Seven as well as a lack of textbooks and other instructional materials.

The increased enrollment has put a pressure on the teachers, forcing TSC to start over, which is why it decided to elevate some of its employees.

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