Bridge Academies to hire 700 P1 teachers to meet ministry guidelines on standards
Bridge International Academies aims to recruit more than 700 P1 teachers by the end of December. This is part of the new requirements set by the Education ministry about teachers’ standards in the new guidelines for Alternative Provision of Basic Education and Training Schools. Senior public relations manager Jackline Walumbe said the APBETS regulations require low-cost schools have at least 30 per cent of teachers with P1 qualifications. Bridge is currently at 24.7 per cent. “We’ve an ongoing teacher recruitment. We hope to have 36.9 per cent of trained teachers, in our staff room,” Walumbe said. She said those hired will be in classrooms come January, and these numbers will be more than what the regulations require. While the new guidelines demand a 30 per cent minimum for trained teachers, the rest must be undertaking recognised in-service training for progressive registration with the TSC.