TSC Begins Deployment of 36,000 Teachers to Junior Secondary Schools
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has begun a process that will ensure that the first batch of several primary and secondary school teachers move to junior secondary schools.
TSC has unveiled a plan through which a good number of teachers will be placed to teach in junior secondary schools starting next month.
Junior secondary school section will accommodate Grade seven, eight and nine and the current Grade six learners are expected to join junior secondary in January 2023, after sitting for their final assessment in primary school this November.
The Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), which will start on 28th November, will end on 30th November 2022.
According to TSC, only teachers with the required qualifications will be posted to teach in junior secondary schools.
Both primary and secondary school teachers and those in special schools will take part in teaching the pioneer Grade 7 learners next year.
Among the minimum qualifications put forth by the commission are;
1.Diploma in Education
2.Higher National Diploma in Education
3.Bachelors Degree in Education
4.Post Graduate Diploma in Education
5.Masters Degree or PhD in Education
Additionally, the teachers must have been trained in Secondary Teacher Education with at least two teaching subjects.
The teacher must also have scored a mean grade of C+(Plus) and above at KCSE and must have at least C+(Plus)and above at KCSE in the two teaching subjects.
TSC says teachers who scored C (Plain) and below at KCSE and joined Universities and studied Bachelors degree in Education (Secondary option) will not be eligible for deployment.
Those who received training on Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) will have an added advantage,The Commission has a list of all primary school teachers who attended CBC trainings.
However primary school teachers will onty be used in teaching Grade seven pupils in places where there are acute shortage of secondary school teachers trained to teach junior secondary.
At least 60,000 secondary school teachers were trained to handle Grade Seven and Eight in April this year.
The Commission also trained 120,000 primary school teachers to handle grade six learners in December last year.
Most primary school teachers who meet the requirement to teach in secondary schools will be moved this year and early next year as the Commission plans major recruitment exercise as well as staff balancing.
TSC is in a process of recruiting at least 30,000 primary and secondary school teachers in January next year.
P1 teachers who have been complaining of slow pace of deployment process will be surprised this time as TSC plans to move most of them to teach in 8.4.4 secondary schools.
The Commission has also planned to train 116,024 high school teachers in December this year. TSC says the teachers will be trained in preparation for Grade nine class.
It’s not clear whether the training will happen. This is after the government move to slash TSC. allocation of ksh 1.02 billion which it receives annually for training teachers on the new curriculum.
Staffing has been a perennial milestone around TSC’s neck with Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia revealing that the service has a deficit of 114,581 teachers across training colleges, curriculum support and primary and secondary schools.