Min­imise reg­is­tra­tion of new schools, county boards told

The Teach­ers’ Ser­vice Com­mis­sion says it does not have enough tu­tors to post to the many mush­room­ing schools, which wors­ens the teach­er­short­age

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern - AN­DREW MBUVA @an­drewsm­buva

County Ed­u­ca­tion Boards should re­strict reg­is­tra­tion of new schools to deal with teacher short­age, the Teach­ers’ Ser­vice Com­mis­sion has said.

Chair­per­son Ly­dia Nzomo said mush­room­ing of new schools poses a big chal­lenge to the com­mis­sion.

“The more schools we set up ev­ery year, the more we con­tinue to face teacher short­age be­cause the 5,000 teach­ers we em­ploy are still not enough,” she said.

Nzomo spoke in Machakos on Wed­nes­day dur­ing the first open day fo­rum for school heads from the Nairobi Met­ro­pol­i­tan.

She added that the com­mis­sion plans to pro­mote 10,000 teach­ers who have stag­nated in Job groups L and M.

“When these posts are ad­ver­tised please ap­ply be­cause in some in­stances we have seen teach­ers com­plain of not be­ing pro­moted yet they never ap­ply for the pro­mo­tions,” Nzomo said.

She added that the com­mis­sion wants to im­prove teach­ing ser­vices in pub­lic schools.

“Our new vi­sion state­ment is to be a trans­for­ma­tive teach­ing ser­vice for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. This en­vis­ages a re­formed teach­ing ser­vice that will de­liver the rel­e­vant tool de­vel­op­ment goal,” Nzomo said.

Teach­ers’ unions Knut and Kup­pet wel­comed the new re­forms by the com­mis­sion, but called for proper con­sul­ta­tion.

“We recog­nise the changes that are com­ing, but we need to work as a team so that we all get to know how we are go­ing to cover the rest of the jour­ney,” Machakos Kup­pet sec­re­tary Musembi Katuku said.

He praised the com­mis­sion for or­gan­is­ing the open day fo­rum.

THE MORE SCHOOLS WE SET UP EV­ERY YEAR, THE MORE WE CON­TINUE TO FACE TEACHER SHORT­AGE, SAYS THE TSC CHAIR­PER­SON. SHE ADDS THAT THE COM­MIS­SIONS IS COM­MIT­TED TO RE­FORM­ING THE TEACH­ING SER­VICE FOR BET­TER PER­FOR­MANCE

/ AN­DREW MBUVA

TSC chair­per­son Ly­dia Nzomo gives an award to Muindi Mbingu Sec­ondary School prin­ci­pal Michael Mu­tua as Prin­ci­pal of the Year, Machakos County, dur­ing an open day fo­rum or­gan­ised by the com­mis­sion. It was held at Machakos Teach­ers’ Col­lege on Wed­nes­day

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kenya

© PressReader. All rights reserved.