By AUGUSTINE ODUOR
Some 20,000 additional teachers will be recruited by end of the next financial year.
Education minister Mutula Kilonzo said the Treasury has pledged to allocate Sh12 billion towards the process.
He said already Sh6 billion has been allocated in the supplementary budget to hire 10,000 teachers the first phase.
The minister said the Treasury pledged a similar amount in the coming budget to hire the remaining half.
This means that by next financial year, once Teachers Service commission recruits these teachers, the teacher deficit will be cut to 55,000. The current teacher gap stands at 75,000.
Kilonzo was speaking to some 2,200 secondary school student leaders gathered at Nairobi School.
He said the ministry is working hard to bridge the teacher gap and to enhance quality education.
The minister however asked other private institutions like banks and donors to help in addressing the teacher gap.
"Hiring of teachers is not an easy task. It requires a lot of resources and that means taxing, which burdens Kenyans. We ask you to come in and assist this children get quality education," he said.
According to the 2012/2013 estimates of recurrent expenditure, the ministry of education has been allocated Sh41.4 billion.
In an earlier interview, TSC said it had asked treasury to allocate Sh14.5 billion in the next financial year to hire additional teachers.