TSC should hire more teachers to plug gap

Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia.

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What you need to know:

  • It is also heartbreaking that a lot of resources by the individuals have gone into enabling them to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for the jobs.
  • TSC will find it hard to navigate through the many responses, only to give jobs to four per cent of them.

In a recent advertisement by Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) on filling of vacancies of teachers who have exited the service for whatever reason, over 300,000 applicants forwarded their applications. This record number constitutes TSC-registered applicants, who met the basic qualification for the job.

All these applicants are eyeing the 11,574 vacancies available. Simple statistics translate to only four out of 100 applicants being absorbed into the teaching service. In other words, a record 288,426 applicants will miss out.

But where will they go to? They will end up doing odd jobs, just to put food on the table although their skills lie idle.

Speaking to a number of the applicants, they recount the various attempts they have made at getting the job without success. It is also heartbreaking that a lot of resources by the individuals have gone into enabling them to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for the jobs.

This makes us realise that we have a great pool of unused skilled labour, yet the current teaching staff is overstretched by far.

TSC will find it hard to navigate through the many responses, only to give jobs to four per cent of them. But the area of utmost concern is that, even with the employment of the 11,574 teachers, the teaching workforce still falls way below the adequacy level.

Applying for this job required one to have a number of clearance documents, including police clearance (Certificate of Good Conduct), EACC clearance, Helb clearance and CRB clearance, all of which come at a cost. Other costs, such as internet, scanning, travelling to acquire the relevant certifications, also accrue to the applicant, yet chances of employment are slim.

This huge number of applicants should be a wake-up call for TSC and the Education ministry to make room for and absorb more of the skilled teachers so that they contribute positively to providing this very essential service.

Joshua Oyengo Onyino, Nakuru

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The Education CS should explain why, when announcing a stipend for secondary school board of management (BoM) teachers, he sidelined their primary school parents/teachers association (PTA) colleagues from it.

It is absurd and devastating after a long wait just to learn later that, the details they forwarded to the ministry were of no use. Does it mean that PTA-hired ranks are not bona fide teachers?

PTA teachers bear most of the burden under their headteachers. Handling the young children is no walk in the park. It’s unfair for these teachers to be sidelined in the payment, yet expect them to work when schools reopen.

Japheth Atamba, Nairobi