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Winner and Losers in December 2022 Teacher Recruitment

Kakamega, Bungoma, Kitui and Nakuru counties will get the lion’s share of teachers to be hired during the ongoing recruitment drive to fill 36,000 new vacancies. A document shared by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) with a committee of Parliament yesterday shows that Kakamega will get 1,449 teachers followed by Kitui, which will get 1,445. Nakuru completes the top three beneficiaries with 1,223 teachers. Others are Bungoma (1,208), Meru (1,120), Makueni (1,056) and Machakos (1,050).

The seven counties are the only ones that will get more than 1,000 teachers each. All the others will get less, with Kisii having 995 vacancies, Homa Bay 975 slots, and Narok closing the top 10 beneficiaries with 912 slots. Kiambu is a distant 12th with 846 vacancies after Migori, which has 851 slots. Most of the new teachers will be deployed to teach in Grade Seven, the pioneer Junior Secondary School class under the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC).

Yesterday, the teachers’ employer gave a breakdown of how various counties will share the new jobs. The schedule reveals that the sparsely populated historical marginalised regions will get the lowest number of new teachers. Isiolo, for instance, will get the lowest number new teachers at only 119 – less than a tenth of what the densely populated Kakamega will get. Lamu will fare much better with 131 vacancies, while Samburu will get 174 slots.

Garissa has 190 vacancies, Marsabit 191, Tana River and Mombasa 192 each and Wajir 239 slots. They are behind Mandera, which will get 268 new teachers, Taita Taveta (274), Turkana (332), Kirinyaga (342) and Laikipia (353). Last month, Members of Parliament (MPs) approved a Motion requiring that all teachers be hired locally, meaning that teachers will only get jobs in their counties of birth, registration or residence. That means candidates cannot seek jobs outside their home counties even if they are qualified to fill the positions.

TOP 10 Counties


1 Kakamega 1,449

2 Kitui 1,445

3 Nakuru 1,223

4 Bungoma 1,208

5 Meru 1,120

6 Makueni 1,056

7 Machakos 1,050

8 Kisii 995

 9 Homa Bay 975

10 Narok 912



1 Isiolo 119

2 Lamu 131

3 Samburu 174

4 Garissa 190

5 Marsabit 191

6 Tana River 192

7 Mombasa 192

8 Wajir 239

9 Mandera 268

 10 Taita Taveta 274

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