TSC CEO Nancy Macharia. A legislator, Machakos County Woman Rep Joyce Kamene, has called for the Teachers Service Commission (TSC),
to provide a detailed account of how the Sh6.4 billion allocated in Supplementary Budget I of the 2022/23 Financial Year was utilized for teacher recruitment.
In her request to the TSC, Kamene has asked the commission to disclose the gender, county, and Persons With Disabilities breakdown of the teachers recruited.
Additionally, she inquired about the prospects of the 26,000 individuals who worked as teacher interns and their chances of securing employment.
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia
Furthermore, Kamene urged the TSC to share contingency plans for the interns once their internship contracts expire.
She has also demanded an action plan from the commission to ensure fairness and equity in future teacher recruitment exercises and the appropriate deployment of teachers in special needs schools across the country.
Kamene’s concerns also extend to the monitoring and evaluation tools currently employed to assess the effectiveness of training for teachers and school administrators in the competency-based curriculum,
given the ongoing challenges faced by parents assisting their children with homework.
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia
This inquiry comes after President William Ruto signed the Supplementary Appropriation Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 4 of 2023) on March 6, 2023, which allocated Sh6 billion for the recruitment of additional teachers.
It also allocated Sh2 billion for school feeding under the National Council for Nomadic Education, Sh10 billion for drought mitigation, and Sh15 billion for fertilizer subsidy.
In addition, on October 12, 2023, education stakeholders expressed concerns regarding political interference in the sector, particularly in the teacher recruitment process.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) raised concerns about alleged harassment and intimidation of TSC staff by politicians.
They claim that politicians have influenced the recruitment process, advocating for their relatives and friends and leaving qualified teachers at a disadvantage due to a lack of connections.
Kamene and other education stakeholders have called on the political class to refrain from interfering with government sectors.
Meanwhile, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has called for collaboration between the TSC and the union in the recruitment and hiring of new teachers.