Ruto: 35,000 New Teachers Will Be Employed in the Next Financial Year
The government will recruit 35,000 new teachers next year to help address the human resource gap in public schools, President William Ruto has announced.
Ruto said this is in line with his pledge to bridge the shortage gap currently being witnessed in the country.
“We have already employed 35, 000 teachers this year and the largest we intend to add next year because we want to have our children get the necessary quality education,” Ruto said.
“This is because we value the education of our children and the education of Kenyans.”
He spoke during the Limuru girls’ secondary school centenary celebration on Saturday.
The institution is marking 100 years since its establishment.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and education cabinet secretary Ezekiel Machogu are among the other leaders who attended.
Teachers service commission announced the mass recruitment in January, the first by the Kenya Kwanza administration.
It had earlier planned to employ 116,000 new teachers in the first year only to make a U-turn citing the state of the economy.
“We know that this coming year, we had promised 116,000 teachers, but because of the nature of the economy, we are going to do it progressively,” said education cabinet secretary Ezekiel Machogu during an event in Kisii in November.
Limuru Girls’, classified as a national school, was established in 1922 by Arnold Butler McDonnell, a pioneer tea farmer in the country, for Evelyn Mitchell and three of his other daughters and locals who joined his farm.
It started as a junior school called Hill preparatory school and is currently managed by the Anglican Church of Kenya.
Ruto at the same time stated that his administration had doubled the resources for going to Tvet and university education.
He said this year, they have increased the funds from Sh5.2 billion to Sh10 billion noting for the past 15 years.
“Our tertiary institutions have been struggling because were not courageous enough to take on the challenge facing these institutions”.