President William Ruto recently announced that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has successfully recruited 30,000 new teachers.
In a speech delivered to a church congregation in Ruai, on Sunday, February 5, the President said the recruitment process began at the start of the year.
He also assured those in attendance the government has taken the necessary measures to ensure seamless education by filling the significant shortage of teachers.
“We have completed the employment of 30,000 new teachers to help our children,” said President Ruto.
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The recruitment is part of the TSC’s commitment to prioritize the hiring of junior secondary school teachers through a mass recruitment initiative that took place in January. This initiative is aimed at bridging the resource gap in the teaching sector and improving the quality of education in the country.
The 30,000 newly recruited teachers will work in both primary and junior secondary schools to shoulder the burden occasioned by the transition of Grade VII under the new CBC curriculum.
“As our children go back to school from tomorrow, we have made adequate arrangements so that our children can learn in an environment that is uninterrupted,” said President Ruto.
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The grade VI learners who completed their Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) in 2022 have already kick-started their transition to Junior Secondary schools, which are to be set up in the already existing primary schools.
President Ruto also added that adequate funding has been provided to schools to cater to the transition. He urged parents and guardians to ensure that all children report to their respective schools, in line with the government’s 100% school transition policy.
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As of December 2022, the teaching sector was experiencing a deficit of 116,000 teachers, of which the CS for education, Eliud Machogu said that the government will bridge in the next two years.