The Teachers Service Commission may soon employ new teachers following the recommendation by the Ministry of Education to increase the annual budget by Ksh. 15 billion. A document draft for 2022 Budget Policy Statement for the fiscal year 2022-23, proposed an increase from Ksh. 281.7 billion to Ksh. 296.6 billion.
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The Teachers Service Commission is intending to use the increased Ksh. 14.9 billion to employ new teachers as well as raise the teachers’ salaries.
“TSC is determined to see that teachers are properly staffed. It is working with the Ministry of Education to ensure enough teachers are provided by recruiting 5,000 teachers every year and also by engaging intern teachers,” read a section of the policy.
TSC to employ new teachers
According to a report of 2018 by the Teacher Service Commission, 28, 843 teachers had been hired of which 20, 453 were for secondary and 8, 390 for primary schools.
The Commission also predicted a teacher shortage of 97, 214 (35, 543 for primary and 61, 671 for secondary) in 2022 and 96, 612 (34,941 for primary and 61, 671 for secondary) in 2023.
According to a given report, the number of special needs learners who enrolled increased from 121, 392 in the year 2018-2019 to 136, 081 in 2019- 2020. However, the number reduced to 132, 466 in 2020-2021.
It also stated that the enrollment rate in public secondary schools increased from 2, 954, 330 in 2018- 2019 to 3, 289, 885 in the year 2020-2021, thus raising the secondary school rate from 70.3 in 2018 to 71.2% in 2019.
Unlike the current fiscal year when the government was allocated Ksh. 1 billion for government and standards, it was now increased to Ksh. 1.1billion.
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The increase was specifically meant to cater for expenses such as Competency-Based Curriculum training for teachers and Teacher Performance and Appraisal Development.
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