New Intern Teachers Will Be Contracted In December, TSC
The teachers service commission, TSC, has revealed new plans to employ fresh intern teachers in December 2021 to fulfill president Kenyatta’s 100% transition. The commission intends to advertise the internship positions towards the end of November, followed by conduction of interviews in December.
The total number of new intern teachers, who are expected to report to their stations in January 2022, is projected by TSC to be 6000.
According to TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia, the new interns are expected to ease teachers’ Workload, which has been worsened by increased enrollment occasioned by the government’s 100 per cent transition policy from primary to secondary schools.
“This is a commendable government effort to ensure quality learning and teaching in our public schools,” said Macharia.
The brief by Macharia shows that the commission will require ksh. 1.2B to contract 6,000 teachers on internship. She expressed TSC’s concern over teachers’ workload brought by the 100 per cent transition policy and thanked the government for continually allocating more funds towards recruitment of additional teachers.
“We appreciate the government for allocating TSC funds annually for the recruitment of additional teachers since the 100 per cent transition programme was launched,” said Nancy Macharia.
Of the 6,000 internship vacancies, 2,000 will go to primary schools while the remaining 4,000 will be reserved for secondary schools. This will be done in preparation for additional classes in secondary schools in 2023.
With the current internship programme projected to end in December, TSC is determined to have fresh interns ready for the positions. Sources from TSC however have hinted that the current interns who will not have been employed under permanent and pensionable terms will have their contracts renewed rather than being written off. Last year TSC recruited 12,000 intern teachers under the Covid-19 economic stimulus package at a cost of Sh2.4 billion.
Currently, Secondary schools intern teachers earn a stipend of Sh 20,000 monthly while their counterparts in primary schools take home Sh15,000.
In the last recruitment TSC gave priority for intern teachers to be employed on permanent terms.
In the recruitment score sheet the Commission awarded 30 marks to all intern teachers despite the period they had served.This caused an uproar from a section of teachers who termed it a discrimination exercise.