TSC Explains How It Distributed Newly Hired Junior Secondary School Teachers

TSC CEO Nancy Macharia before National Assembly committee on Monday May 15, 2023
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia before the National Assembly committee on Monday, May 15, 2023
Parliament of Kenya

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on Tuesday, May 30, finally explained the process it employed in the recruitment of 36,000 teachers deployed across Secondary and Primary Schools across the country.

The recruitment exercise conducted in January 2023 saw the employment of 30,550 tutors to Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) while the rest will secure positions in regular secondary schools.

A report prepared by TSC indicated that the JSS educators will be distributed based on an equitable sharing formula.

"A total of 30,550 posts were allocated to JSS," the TSC explained in a report that was tabled before Parliament.

Githunguri MP, Gathoni Wamuchomba, issues bursaries to students joining secondary school in Githunguri on February 18, 2023.
Githunguri MP, Gathoni Wamuchomba, issues bursaries to students joining secondary school in Githunguri on February 18, 2023.
Gathoni Wamuchomba

"Having envisaged that Grade 7 classes will be 30,550 in total in the country, the Commission allocated one (1) teacher per class for all the 30,550 Grade 7 classes country-wide," TSC explained.

The MPs raised alarm over the distribution process after parents from Muget Primary School in Moiben, Uasin Gishu County, on Wednesday, May 17, stormed the learning institution and closed classrooms decrying a lack of JSS teachers.

The parents blamed the government for not posting enough teachers to their school of 45 JSS pupils.

In response to MPs' demands, the Teachers Service Commission noted the formula was fair and took care of basic teaching demands in all Junior Secondary Schools.

"A total of 5,000 posts, 1,000 on Permanent and Pensionable terms of service and 4,000 teacher interns were allocated to primary schools. The posts were distributed equally in all the 47 counties," TSC stated.

At the same time, TSC posted 450 teachers to secondary schools where the posts were equally shared among the 47 counties.

The remaining 10 posts were added to counties that recorded the highest teacher shortage including Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Turkana, Samburu, West Pokot, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Baringo, Isiolo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Lamu, Tana River, Taita-Taveta, Kilifi, Kwale, Embu, Kitui, Meru, Tharaka-Nithi, Nyeri, Machakos, Makueni, Kajiado, Narok, Kiambu, Migori and Homa Bay.

The commission also provided an outline of the communities in which the 36,000 tutors came from including Bajun (35), Basuba (6), Boni-Sanye(6), Boran(45), Burji(7), Degodia(9), Dorobo(2), Elmolo(1), Embu (232), Gabra(17), Kalenjin(4,048), Kamba(2,899), Kenya Arab(1), Kikuyu(2,913), Kisii(1,737), Kuria(108), Luhya(3,187), Luo(2,576), Masai(461), Mbere(25), Meru(1,220), Miji Kenda(500), Murulle(1), Ogaden(2) and Orma(5).

Others included Pokomo(18), Pokot(312), Rendille(2), Sakuye(2), Samburu(93), Somali(43), Swahili-Shirazi(11), Taita(232), Teso(105), Tharaka (56) and Turkana(73).

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An invigilator distributes papers to Starehe Boys' Centre students sitting KCSE exams in 2021.
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