1,000 P1 Teachers To Be Deployed to Secondary Schools In September- See New Criteria
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has confirmed plans to deploy not less than 1,000 practicing P1 teachers to secondary schools in September this year.
Already, heads of various secondary schools, upon request by TSC, have declared and submitted various subject combination requirements in their schools.
Earlier, the national assembly has backed TSC to deploy teachers with mean grade C (plain) and holding a degree or diploma in secondary option.
The Members of Parliament had asked TSC to allow teachers who have KCSE mean grade C (plain) or below and acquired Diploma’s, post graduate Diploma’s and Degree’s from various approved learning institutions get promoted and deployed to secondary schools.
In its fresh plan, TSC intends to promote teachers after July and only PTE teachers that scored C+ (plus) in KCSE will be considered.
Even Though the commission stopped automatic promotion of teachers who acquire higher academic qualifications, it manages to deploy 1,000 practicing P1 teachers every year.
Automatic promotion of teachers with higher qualifications was stopped in 2014 since it was untenable.
According to Macharia while she appeared before the parliament, the increased number of teachers attaining higher qualifications made the policy to promote teachers automatically unsustainable, making TSC to stop automatic promotions on 9th January 2014.
“The high number of teachers attaining higher qualifications made the policy fiscally unsustainable,” said Macharia.
Data from the Commission revealed that there were about 218,077 teachers in public primary schools as at 2020.
21,632 teachers (9,821 male and 11,811 female) had Diploma qualifications, while 17,930 teachers (8,627 male and 9,303 female) had Bachelor Degrees.
About 491 teachers had Masters and Doctoral degrees (197 male and 294 female) while the rest had certificate qualifications.
TSC says teachers who did not attain a mean grade C+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam will not teach in secondary schools even if they have degree in secondary option.
There are a number of primary school teachers who joined universities to study degree secondary option and they graduated but they had C (plain) mean grade in KCSE.