Win For KUPPET as TSC Confirms Junior Secondary Schools as Post Primary
The teachers service commission, TSC has confirmed that junior Secondary Schools (JSS) are Secondary schools despite being domiciled in primary schools and that the Commission will deploy a total of 30,550 teachers in those schools from January 2023.
This has been confirmed by the Commission’s Director of Legal, Labour and industrial Relations Cavin Anyuor who was addressing the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET)delegates in Murang’a during their 24th Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) on December 10,2022.
“Junior Secondary Schools as the name suggests, is a secondary school., We released the advert which is in your smartphones, you have seen the numbers. What are the numbers saying?” posed Anyuor.
“I think from the employers’ position that is what is relevant regarding Junior Secondary,Those teachers are secondary school teachers,” Anyuor added.
The commission’s pronouncement is expected to spark a debate among education stakeholders days after the government directed that JSS be domiciled in the current primary schools.
In the TSC advert, the Commission notes that it will employ 9,000 teachers for secondary school on Permanent and Pensionable terms, who will be posted to JSS as from January 2023; and an additional 21,550 teachers who will be posted in the same schools on a one-year internship programme.
The intern teachers will be entitled to a monthly stipend of Ksh 20,000 which will be paid subject to statutory deductions where applicable.
According to TSC, the teachers will be required to teach various learning areas under the JSS Curriculum and will be posted to any junior secondary school in the county where they were interviewed or in any part of the country where a vacancy exists.
The Commission recently released the learning area clusters for JSS where it classified them into five major clusters: Languages, Mathematics, Science, Technical and Humanities,
Under this arrangement, TSC has listed total of 7 compulsory learning areas for teachers trained for language subjects that are English, Kiswahili, Foreign and Indigenous; which have an average of 21 lessons per week.
The 7 learning areas under languages are: English (5 lessons per week), Kiswahili and Kenya Sign Language (KSL) for learners who are deaf which has been allocated 4 lessons per week. Life Skills Education has been allocated 1 lesson per week.
Further, Physical Education and Sports have been allocated 2 lessons per week, Foreign and Indigenous Language with 3 lessons per week, Social studies (Citizenship,Geography and History) allocated 3 lessons per week, and Virtual and Performing Arts with 3 lessons a week.
The Commission has also listed 7 compulsory learning areas for those teachers who are trained and qualified to teach Mathematics, with 23 cumulative lessons per week to teach in JSS.
Some of these learning areas include: Mathematics with an allocation of 5 lessons a week, Integrated Science with 4 lessons a week, Life Skills Education with 1 lesson a week, Business and Computer Studies with 3 lessons a week, and pre-technical studies with an allocation of 5 lessons a week.
The learning areas for teachers trained for Science Subjects-Biology, Chemistry and Physics-will have 22 lessons a week which will be same as those in the technical cluster, and will include learning areas like Health Education with 2 lessons a week; Business Studies, Agriculture, Home Science, Computer Studies allocated 3 lessons a week among others.
For Humanities which is History, Geography and Religious Studies, the Commission has cumulatively allocated a total of 21 lessons per week.