The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has recruited a total of 14,460 teachers to help plug the staff shortage in public primary and post primary learning institutions.
The TSC has uploaded the details of the shortlisted candidates for positions in secondary schools and special needs institutions on its website.
The move is a first for the Commission, signalling its commitment to enhance transparency during the recruitment process. Vetting of the applicants’ documents and interviews have been completed in the counties and successful applicants will be employed as per the roadmap posted on TSC website.
The new teachers will also help to steer the 100 percent transition policy, according to TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr Nancy Macharia.
In a media advertisement, Dr Macharia said 5,000 teachers will be posted to public primary, secondary and training institutions on permanent and pensionable terms of service.
Secondary schools will get 3,972 teachers while 1,000 will be posted to primary schools and 28 to teacher training colleges.
“Successful candidates will be posted to serve in any part of the country and not necessarily in the county or school where they were interviewed,” Dr Macharia said.
Merit lists generated during the recruitment for both
primary and post primary institutions will be used in subsequent recruitment processes within the financial year, the statement read.
To further ease the burden and improve learning standards, the TSC said it will replace 8,230 teachers who left the service through natural attrition.
Of these, 6,539 teachers will be posted to primary and 1,691 to secondary schools.
The announcement was a positive step towards addressing the deficit of more than 100,000 teachers facing primary and post primary institutions nationwide.
Dr Macharia recently said the government was committed to ensure there were enough teachers to handle the huge number of learners joining secondary schools.
She added that priority will be given to sub-county secondary schools, which admit the bulk of learners.
“It is our determination as a Commission to ensure that the 100 per cent transition policy succeeds to guarantee all
children their basic right to education,” said Dr Macharia.
The Commission also plans to employ 844 teachers – 764 in primary and 80 in secondary schools – on permanent and pensionable terms in Garissa, Wajir and Mandera counties.
The Commission also intends to hire 386 teachers on contract in the hard to staff areas. Primary schools will receive 114 teachers and secondary schools 272.
According to the TSC guidelines, eligible candidates must be Kenyans and registered with the Commission.
Applicants seeking to teach in primary schools must possess a P1 certificate and those applying for positions in secondary and technical colleges should have a minimum of a diploma and Bachelor’s degree in Education, respectively.
The recruitment process is free of charge, the TSC said, cautioning candidates against falling victim to fraudsters.