TSC to Recruit 20,000 Intern Teachers, Promote More Teachers After Scooping Half of Education Budget
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has been allocated a larger share in the Education docket budget by the Kenya Kwanza government.
According to the 2023-24 Budget, TSC has been allocated Sh316.7 billion, half of Sh 628.6 billion which is the full amount allocated towards the education sector.
TSC has also been allocated 4.8 billion for the recruitment of 20,000 intern teachers.
Last year, TSC received Sh2.5 billion for the recruitment of teachers.
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia said the commission requires Sh2.2 billion to carry out the promotion of teachers in different job cadres.
However, the government has allocated 1.1 billion towards the promotion of teachers.
She added that the commission requires Sh2.1 billion to fund teacher professional development.
In submissions to National Assembly’s Committee on Education and Research, Macharia said recruitment will ensure objectives outlined in the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda are achieved.
“These teachers are expected to reduce the shortage in our public schools but more importantly, ensure that learners receive quality education,” Macharia said.
She said recruitment of interns alone will have a number of spiral effects.
“One, it will create employment for the many young people who are currently unemployed. Secondly, improve the quality of education and also improve the living standards of many households across the country,” she said.