TSC To Freeze Permanent Recruitment Of Teachers. Following the latest move by the senate, the Teachers service commission may be now compelled to hire teachers on short term contracts.
The senators have suggested on a freeze of permanent employment of teachers . This is because the commission is reporting a short fall of about 111,810 teachers and hiring them on a permanent and pensionable terms will be very costly.
The senate national cohesion committee tasked the TSC CEO to see what needs to be fixed and resume hiring of teachers on contract terms . This is due to the commission’s limited budgetary allocation.
Permanent graduate teachers start with a basic pay of 34,995 shillings while those under internship contract get a 20,000 shilling stipend every month. Those on permanent terms also enjoy a number of allowances in their payslip.
TSC To Freeze Permanent Recruitment Of Teachers
The TSC CEO indicated that there is still a shortage of teachers, despite hiring of more than 35000 teachers. She indicated that a total of 47,329 teachers are required in primary schools while secondary schools have a shortfall of more than 64,541 teachers.
For this to be implemented, the commission will need a total of sh14.8 billion every year from the budgetary allocation to hire teachers. The TSC CEO further indicated that as per the law, teachers cannot be hired under contract for so long .
They are supposed to be confirmed into permanent and pensionable terms after around 2 or less years working under internship and eligible for a salary. The TSC CEO claimed that the shortage of teachers is due to lack of enough funds allocated to them.
She indicated that if funds are made available, teacher shortage will no longer be experienced.
So far, a good number of files for the recently recruited teachers have been worked on and have received salaries. However, a few of them with some issues have not yet received their salaries despite reporting to their work stations 4 months ago.
However, plans are underway to add them all into the payroll. In addition to freezing of hiring teachers on permanent and pensionable terms, the senators want the delocalization policy to be brought back.
They argued that if every teacher is allowed to work in their home county, some counties will experience serious teacher shortages.