Scandal Regarding TSC Teacher’s Employment. Representative Joyce Kamene, a woman from Machakos County, has requested that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC),
to give a thorough explanation of the teacher recruiting expenses incurred from the Sh6.4 billion allotted in Supplementary Budget I of the 2022–2023 Financial Year.
Kamene has requested information from the TSC regarding the gender, county, and percentage of teachers hired who are disabled.
She also asked about the possibilities for the 26,000 people who were teaching interns and their likelihood of finding jobs.
Kamene further requested that the TSC provide backup plans for the interns in the event that their internship contracts are terminated.
She has also demanded an action plan from the commission to ensure fairness and equity in future teacher recruitment exercises and the appropriate deployment of teachers in special needs schools across the country.
Kamene’s concerns also extend to the monitoring and evaluation tools currently employed to assess the effectiveness of training for teachers and school administrators in the competency-based curriculum,
given the ongoing challenges faced by parents assisting their children with homework.
This inquiry comes after President William Ruto signed the Supplementary Appropriation Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 4 of 2023) on March 6, 2023, which allocated Sh6 billion for the recruitment of additional teachers.
It also allocated Sh2 billion for school feeding under the National Council for Nomadic Education, Sh10 billion for drought mitigation, and Sh15 billion for fertilizer subsidy.
In addition, on October 12, 2023, education stakeholders expressed concerns regarding political interference in the sector, particularly in the teacher recruitment process.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) raised concerns about alleged harassment and intimidation of TSC staff by politicians.
They claim that politicians have influenced the recruitment process, advocating for their relatives and friends and leaving qualified teachers at a disadvantage due to a lack of connections.
Kamene and other education stakeholders have called on the political class to refrain from interfering with government sectors.
Meanwhile, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has called for collaboration between the TSC and the union in the recruitment and hiring of new teachers.
Scandal Regarding TSC Teacher’s Employment