Boost hir­ing of teach­ers

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - OPINION -

The de­ci­sion by the Teach­ers Ser­vice Com­mis­sion to em­ploy about 9,000 new teach­ers, though a step in the direc­tion, falls far be­low the real need in the schools. With a short­fall of 155,000 teach­ers, this will hardly have an im­pact on the sec­ondary and pri­mary schools that are reel­ing un­der a se­vere staff short­age.

Con­sid­er­ing the TSC’S am­bi­tious plan to achieve a 100 per cent sec­ondary school tran­si­tion rate, the 9,000 new teach­ers will be just a drop in the ocean.

How­ever, the TSC’S hands are, lit­er­ally, tied by al­lo­ca­tion of mea­gre funds for the re­cruit­ment. It had asked the gov­ern­ment for Sh8.3 bil­lion to en­able the hir­ing of 12,626 sec­ondary school teach­ers ev­ery year for the next four years, bring­ing the to­tal to 50,504. This would have made a difference in the pur­suit to boost the tran­si­tion rate. But the gov­ern­ment gave it only Sh4.7 bil­lion.

The TSC has no choice but to make do with the lit­tle money that is avail­able in­stead of wait­ing for the ideal sum, which might not be re­alised as the gov­ern­ment grap­ples with lack of funds in these dif­fi­cult eco­nomic times. How­ever, the acute teacher short­age is bound to have se­ri­ous con­se­quences, the most im­me­di­ate be­ing un­der­min­ing the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing.

To get the best out of ed­u­ca­tion, and lay the foun­da­tion for fu­ture qual­ity man­power across the coun­try, more re­sources should be made avail­able to the TSC.

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