Intern Teachers Contract Renewal. With the goal of becoming permanent and eligible for pensions in 2025, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced that more than 46,000 intern teachers hired this year would have their contracts extended in January for a further year.
The Senate Committee on Education was informed on November 30 by Nancy Macharia, CEO of TSC, that the teachers‘ contracts were initially set to end in January 2024. However, the commission intends to extend their contracts because there is not enough funding set aside for their long-term employment.
While there isn’t enough money for permanent posts, Macharia made it clear that their contracts can be extended and that the commission is willing to take on any new financing that comes along.
Intern teachers are expected to be prioritized in filling school vacancies, with their hiring occurring automatically without the need for advertising positions, according to Macharia. The majority of these teachers are currently assigned to junior schools, which only had Grade Seven this year, and the addition of a class next year is anticipated to double their workload.
Interns in junior and secondary schools earn Sh20,000 per month, while those in primary schools receive Sh15,000 monthly. The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has advocated for the confirmation of the teachers’ contracts to permanent terms, emphasizing the potential disruption to the implementation of the competency-based curriculum (CBC) if this isn’t done before the January 2024 expiration.
Intern Teachers Contract Renewal
Akello Misori, Secretary-General of KUPPET, emphasized the significance of protecting the educational system from disturbances and the vital role that intern teachers play in the CBC transition. Misori also mentioned the difficult working conditions these teachers faced, such as their reduced pay, absence of health insurance, and nonpayment of pension payments.
Macharia revealed to the Senate committee that TSC has 34,970 teachers waiting to be promoted, of whom 21,051 teach in Grade C3 and 13,919 in Grade C5. The shortage of funding has caused a delay in these promotions. However, 36,512 posts have been posted, and the government expects to spend Sh1.1 billion on these, with interviews set to begin in many counties on December 4.