TSC to retrain 30,000 teachers being recruited

Teachers Service Commission CEO D.r Nancy Macharia speech during the release of 2022 KCSE Examinations results at Mtihani house, on Friday, January, 20, 2023. [Samson Wire, Standard]

Teachers Service Commission has said that the 30,000 teachers who are being recruited to support transition to junior secondary schools will be retrained.

Commisson chief executive Nancy Macharia said that they are determined to retool all teachers who will be hired during the ongoing recruitment exercise.

She said the government is set to train 30,550 teachers in addition to the 60,000 teachers who were trained last year.

‘‘All the teachers who will be recruited in the ongoing exercise will be put on a retooling regime that will ensure they adequately attend to our junior secondary school learners,’’ Macharia said and added that the 2,376 master trainers have been prepared.

The exercise started early this month and will run till April this year.

‘‘Already, we have trained 2,376 master trainers ahead of the retooling exercise of all the new teachers and others currently teaching in secondary schools. We target to train 90,000 teachers between now and April 2023,’’ Macharia said.

She also assured teachers of the commission’s intention to better their health service as it is a key component for them to deliver.

“On Teachers Medical Health Scheme, I wish to inform teachers that we have enhanced their benefits under the medical insurance scheme and made it better for our teachers,’’ Macharia said.

Last year, TSC introduced medical cover for all teachers and their immediate families which included diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases such as cancer.

“I encourage the teachers to take time to familiarise themselves with all the enhanced features of the scheme to ensure they, and their families, make full use of it whenever they need medical services,’’ Macharia said, adding that she put on hold teachers transfer to avoid disruption of schools operations during Covid-19 pandemic.

She said that the commission has however effected the transfer of 14,733 teachers including principals of secondary schools, deputy principals, head teachers and deputy head teachers of primary schools to places of their choice.

They will report to their new stations from Monday when schools open for First Term.