TSC To Recruit 20,000 JSS Intern Teachers in the Next Budget
In the upcoming budget, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) plans to hire 20,000 Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers to address the serious staffing challenge faced by the newly rolled out JSS program.
During a presentation to the National Assembly’s Committee on Education and Research, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia emphasized that this recruitment initiative aims to fulfil the goals set out in the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda.
“These teachers are expected to reduce the shortage in our public schools but more importantly, ensure that learners receive quality education,” she said.
Within the budget, the TSC has received the largest allocation of Sh322.733 billion. The budget allocates a significant amount of Sh3.8 million for this purpose.
The education sector has been granted a higher budget ceiling of Sh597 billion, an increase of Sh53 billion compared to the previous year.
The additional funds are intended to support the expansion of JSS, recruit more teachers, improve school infrastructure, and finance higher education.
However, despite this increase, there still exists a substantial deficit of nearly Sh200 billion across various programs within the education sector.
Additionally, the TSC has been granted Sh1.3 billion for the training of teachers and tutors on the competency-based curriculum.
However, the BPS does not include a specific budget for the mandatory Teacher Professional Development program, despite earlier assurances from the government.
The Ministry of Education and the TSC appeared before the committee in February to discuss the contents of the BPS.
The budget for basic education shows the highest expected expenditure increase at 17 per cent, with Sh130 billion proposed for the department.
This increase is primarily due to the introduction of new capitation for JSS and the expansion of infrastructure in primary schools hosting JSS.
While the budget proposes several positive measures for the education sector, the financial challenges in higher education persist, with a shortfall of over Sh51.7 billion in the department’s allocation.
Public universities and constituent colleges continue to face significant financial burdens, with pending bills amounting to Sh61.1 billion.