Primary Instructors Education (PTE) teachers who are currently in the classroom are being sent to secondary schools by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
TSC officials had previously contacted the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).
With the implementation of the competency-based curriculum, more teachers would be sent to junior secondary, according to TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia.
Long ago, the deployment procedure began. In preparation for the Junior Secondary Transition the following year, it has been a continuing effort,” Oyuu remarked.
Kilifi, Kiambu, Makueni, Embu, and Kajiado counties each received three deployment letters from the commission, while Nairobi County received five. Nakuru County got two of them.
For instructors to be eligible for deployment to teach in junior secondary, TSC had established goals.
TSC added that it would provide training for the teachers sent to junior secondary.
The teachers’ body chose to deploy the PTE teachers from a developed merit list based on prior applications this year rather than advertising for the deployment positions.
TSC advertised 1,000 deployment roles in 2019 and 2020 in an effort to make up for the shortage of teachers, emphasizing that the teachers would aid in facilitating the seamless transition from elementary to secondary education.
TSC promotes elementary school teachers who have advanced their education through deployment.
Members of Congress had pressured TSC to permit promotions for teachers with a KCSE mean grade of C or lower, as well as those with diplomas, postgraduate degrees, and diplomas from reputable institutes of higher learning.
TSC did, however, raise a bar for instructors looking to work in junior high.
A successful applicant must also hold a P1 certificate and a bachelor’s degree in addition to being a Kenyan citizen.
The deployed teachers must also have at least a C+ in their KCSE exams, at least a C+ in the topics they will be teaching, and be employed by TSC in addition to holding a degree in a secondary choice.
Unbeknownst to many, there is a group of primary school teachers that enrolled in colleges to pursue secondary degree possibilities, although they only received a C (simple) mean mark in their KCSE tests.
Universities at the time, including as Nairobi, Kenyatta, Pwani, and Mount Kenya, registered and provided lectures to students who had received a mean KCSE grade of C (simple), provided they also possessed a PTE certificate.
Those who were deployed began at job grade C2, earning a base wage between Sh34,955 and Sh43,694 at the highest monthly rate. Additionally, they get a commuting allowance.