Uncertainty over Government ability to hire new teachers
SEE ALSO :20 schools on Knec cheating watch listThis means that only 78,000 teachers are employed in secondary schools. Yet the replacement seems to target primary school teachers largely represented by the Kenya National Union of Teachers. TSC Tuesday asked trained but unemployed teachers to register with staffing officers at county and sub-county levels in districts they wish to operate from. In a statement to newsrooms, commission secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni said they wished to establish a comprehensive inventory of all trained but unemployed teachers. He said these teachers would be considered for employment to replace those on industrial action who will not have reported to work by 8am today. Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) and Kenya Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) said replacing teachers would not be an easy task. Elimu Yetu Coalition (EYC) also said the government may not get the required numbers to replace teachers currently in service. Re-advertise positions
SEE ALSO :Sossion, TSC strike sweetheart deal“If they want to realise the numbers then they should re-advertise for the positions because not all teachers are happy with the strike,” said EYC national coordinator Janet Ouko Muthoni. She, however, supported the move to hire teachers and noted that a ‘serious government’ must do anything to ensure education is continued. Kessha national chairman John Awiti, however, warned TSC against being emotional. “They should just engage teachers. Even if they recruit new teachers, the recruits will sooner or later also go on strike because the issues will be the same,” he said. A former TSC commissioner said it would only be easy to replace primary school teachers if the government wishes to. “Recruitment of primary teachers happens at county level. And there are no specific subject combinations required. It is just about numbers and they can get that anytime after the profiling exercise,” said the official who declined to be named as he was not speaking on behalf of TSC.