TSC gets Sh14b to hire, train teachers
SEE ALSO :Row rages over Sossion suspensionTSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia said the commission required Sh16.4 billion annually to recruit additional teachers for the next four years and Sh8.1 billion in the fifth year, plus an additional Sh2.8 billion over and above the existing allocations. The TSC boss said part of the Sh82 billion would be used to recruit 100,000 interns between next year and 2023. She noted that by June 30 last year, the commission had estimated a teacher shortage of 96,345 out of which 38,054 were for primary level. She attributed the shortage to rapid growth in school enrollment and initiatives in the education sector that had necessitated the establishment of new schools and the expansion of existing ones. “These initiatives include the Government’s policy of 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary. By 2023, the teacher shortage is projected to hit 61,671 for secondary school and 34,941 for primary,” Machairia said during the launch of the 2019/2023 strategic plan in Nairobi. TSC plans to spend about Sh114 billion for projects in its strategic plan to employ additional teachers. In April, the Ministry of Education and TSC started four-day training for 91,320 teachers on the new competency-based curriculum (CBC) in Nairobi.
SEE ALSO :Catholic Church supports new curriculumThe training which was launched by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha and TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia was expected to cost about Sh500 million. Macharia said the training will be done through a smart cascade model, led by master trainers. About 172 master trainers, Quality Assurance and Standards Officers, and CBC champions were trained last week. The 172 officers were drawn from education directorates, TSC, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Kenya Institute of Special Education and Kenya National Education Commission.
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