Unemployed P1 Teachers Assured of Employment Despite Policy Change
Fears engulfed unemployed teachers holding Primary Teacher Education (PTE) certificate (commonly known as P1) but have not upgraded to Diploma Primary Teacher Education (DPTE) that they will be locked out of TSC employment.
Teachers Service Commission, TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia has However assured them during a media workshop in Naivasha that they will still be employed despite the policy change.
“Remember when we were training certificate P1 teachers it was a government policy. All those trained before the policy came in place must be employed and they will not be disadvantaged,” Macharia said.
Macharia also revealed plans to employ more teachers after July 2022 budget. TSC is expected to employ more teachers after the Education ministry recommended an increase of Sh15 billion to its annual budget.
According to the Draft 2022 Budget Policy Statement (a roadmap for 2022-23 budget) the document proposes an increase from the current Sh281.7 billion to Sh296.6 billion, an increase of Sh14.9 billion.
The increased funding under the Teacher Resource Management implies that the commission is set to recruit more teachers and cater for an increment of teachers’ salaries.
“TSC is determined to see that teachers are properly staffed. It is working with Ministry of Education to ensure enough teachers are provided by recruiting 5,000 teachers every year and also by engaging intern teachers,” reads a section of the policy.
In October 2021, thousands of unemployed P1 teachers reported to various Teacher Training
Colleges (TTCs) to start the nine-month diploma upgrade program.
Last month the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) ordered the trainee teachers be registered for assessments by 3rd December.
The Diploma upgrade program is scheduled to run for nine months where six months will cover class work and three months for teaching practice.
Recently TTC Principals met in Naivasha and had suggested the upgrade program be extended by six more months.
A taskforce had recommended both P1 and ECDE teachers to undergo the mandatory training which started in October. The trainees will be issued with a Diploma certificate at the end of the training.
The upgrading programme shall take 4 terms for DPTE (Diploma Primary Teacher Education) and 5 terms for DECTE (Diploma Early Childhood Teacher Education).
Both will have course work and a full term for practicum.
Graduates for the Upgrading Program shall be expected to teach all the subjects offered in the area of training.
The taskforce said blended learning and distance learning for the Diploma upgrade programme will be considered in due course.