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TSC To Deploy P1 Teachers To Junior Secondary

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has after discussions with Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) assured p1 teachers that they will be deployed to teach in junior secondary schools, which are set to start in January 2023.

This new development is as a result of the engagement between TSC officials and KNUT officials on the possibility of primary school teachers getting an opportunity in junior secondary schools. Currently, the talks between TSC and KNUT, led by its secretary general Collins Oyuu are still on and are expected to end today.

The only challenge in the discussions, which upto now seem fruitful is the idea of TSC that the primary school teachers must meet the requirements for deployment to secondary schools. KNUT’s push however is that TSC should allow primary school teachers with degree in secondary option but C(plain) in KCSE to teach in junior secondary. KNUT wants TSC to ignore the condition on teaching subjects.

Most primary school teachers have maintained that they can effectively teach in junior secondary, especially now that they have some CBC training.

TSC however says for teachers to be deployed to teach in junior secondary one must;

  • Be a Kenyan citizen;
  • Be a holder of a P1 Certificate;
  • Be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with 2 teaching subjects;
  • Must have attained at least C+(Plus) mean grade at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)or its equivalent and C+(Plus) or it’s equivalent in the two teaching subjects;
  • Must be serving under Teachers Service Commission.

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TSC has also said it will offer further training to the teachers who will be deployed to teach in junior high school.

Junior secondary involves Grade 7,8 and 9. The current Grade 6 learners will join junior secondary in January 2023.

Knut is in discussion with TSC on the Parliamentary recommendations which ordered promotion of teachers who upgraded their certificates.

Parliament recommended that the TSC should continue recognizing and acknowledging higher qualifications acquired by teachers while in service.

The MPs want TSC to promote teachers who have acquired diplomas, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees while in service.

“The TSC should within six months of adoption of this report open negotiations with teachers’ unions on the Career Progression Guidelines (CPGs) and uphold the rights of teachers who have acquired relevant qualifications at the time of their in-service.

“Further TSC shall give guidelines on relevant courses to be undertaken by teachers,” reads the report by the Education and Research Committee.

However, TSC want to use Teacher Profession Development (TPD)as the benchmark training for promoting teachers.

In previous deployments the Commission posted teachers with both Art and Science combinations to secondary schools.

Though some teachers complained on the Commission criteria on deploying teachers TSC said deployment will be done based on availability of teaching vacancy.

Those deployed from primary schools to teach in secondary schools start in job group C2 and later move to job group C3 after completing three years.

From July 2021 a deployed teacher in job group C2 takes home shs 34,955 at minimum in basic pay and shs 43,694 at maximum.

The teacher enjoys a commuter allowance of shs 5,000 a house allowance of shs 7,500 for those who are not in any municipality and a leave allowance of shs 6,000 paid once yearly.Those in hardship areas enjoy hardship allowance of shs 10,900.

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