Following news that negotiations are taking place between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Presidency over the potential of hiring 58,000 people in the current fiscal year, there is optimism for thousands of unemployed teachers.
If it happens, the hiring would be consistent with President William Ruto’s election campaign pledge that his administration will hire 116,000 teachers in two years to address the present teacher deficit in public schools.
The number of instructors on the government payroll would increase to 400,000, marking the single largest recruitment of educators ever.
During ceremonies for World Teachers Day at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi Wednesday, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia made the announcement.
But she omitted to mention the recruitment deadlines.
“Consultations with the Presidency over the hiring of teachers are still ongoing, and we will provide updates as we move along. Rest assured that the Kenyan instructor will only experience positive outcomes in the future. According to the Kenya Kwanza Charter, we will explain how to proceed with this recruitment, Dr. Macharia added.
Dr. Ruto pledged to “guarantee that the current teacher shortage is addressed in the education charter that was signed with stakeholders in the education sector in June.”
One of the main campaign issues was the predicament of unemployed teachers.
– Azimio la Umoja
If elected president of Kenya, one coalition candidate, Raila Odinga, pledged to hire all unemployed teachers.
keep a promise
Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kessha) chairperson Indimuli Kahi had earlier pressed the President to keep his word during yesterday’s event.
Kahi and Mr. Misori urged the government to give teachers a safe place to work, saying that teachers have been compelled to avoid such areas due to insecurity.
Dr. Macharia congratulated the President for naming eight classroom teachers to the Presidential Working Party on Education Revisions and spoke about curricular reforms. The group was chosen last week.
The instructors include Dr. Margaret Chege, Mr. Peter Tabichi, Mr. Bernard Kariuki Njoroge, Ms. Virginia Wahome, Ms. Salome Eyangan, Mr. Anthony Cheruiyot Sitienei, Ms. Jane Kimiti, Ms. Jacinta Ngure, and Ms. Jane Kimiti. The director of quality assurance, Dr. Reuben Nthamburi, is the TSC secretariat’s representative.