The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has declared 2,945 teaching vacancies to be filled after being created by natural attrition.

In a statement yesterday, the commission said the bulk of the vacancies – 2,053 – are in primary schools while secondary schools have 892 slots.

“The recruitment exercise will take place in sub-counties for primary schools and in schools where vacancies have been declared for secondary schools,” TSC said in the statement.

The new teachers will be expected to report on duty on April 25, when the 2022 school calendar will begin.

Kiambu and Kakamega counties have the highest vacant primary school positions with 120 and 104 respectively, followed by Bungoma with 96, Kitui with 94, Siaya with 85 while Machakos requires 83 teachers.

A roadmap for the recruitment, there will be a virtual sensitisation of Regional Directors tomorrow.

Online applications were opened yesterday and will run for 14 days, to close on February 1, while collection of employment forms by county directors will commence on January 28.

Employment forms
Generation and sending of the merit lists to County Directors will take place on February 2 and 3 followed by the county selection process and filling of application for employment forms by successful candidates.

Another vetting will be undertaken at the TSC headquarters on February 18 while handling complaints at the county level will be undertaken for four days from February 22 to 25.

The final documents are to be forwarded to TSC headquarters by March 3 after which the capturing details of successful candidates, opening of files, printing, signing, dispatching of offer letters and initiation of posting on entry and exit reports modules will to be completed by March 25.

“In order to fast track on-boarding of teachers, the Commission developed entry and exit report modules which is part of the re-engineering process inline with the 2019-2023 strategic plan. The aim is to enhance efficient service delivery for quality teaching,” the commission said.

Knut call
Recently, Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) called for urgent employment of more teachers, saying there is a shortfall of about 100,000.
Knut secretary general Collins Oyuu said the shortage stands at 84,000 in primary and 12,000 in secondary schools.

“We have for a long time had the Teachers Service Commission employ a paltry numbers of teachers annually as they try to address shortage in our schools. We need about 100,000 teachers employed,” said Oyuu.

He urged the National Treasury to release sufficient funds to facilitate the employment of at least 20,000 teachers annually for the next five years to adequately address the shortage.

By People Daily

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