The teachers Service Commission (TSC) will deploy 6, 000 P1 teachers to teach at junior secondary schools starting in January 2023, this is with the aim of demonstrating the effectiveness of the meeting between TSC officials and teachers union representatives.
This follows a conversation between TSC officials and Teachers Union leaders on the issue.
TSC and members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers, KNUT, led by its secretary-general Colins Oyuu, are now in discussions.
A number of primary school teachers will need to be dispatched to teach in the junior secondary schools if the Junior Secondary School is introduced, claims TSC.
Since a competency-based curriculum will also be adopted and more secondary school teachers will be required, primary school teachers must be employed in junior secondary, according to TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia.
Dr. Macharia added that at least 6000 primary school teachers will be sent in the initial few months to carry out the entire changeover in schools.
Now after the CBC is fully implemented, which is anticipated to happen in June of next year, a second cohort will be sent to junior secondary.
As per to TSC, teachers must follow specific requirements in order to be assigned to secondary schools. KNUT is pleading with TSC to grant permission to primary school teachers with a secondary option degree but just a C.
The members of Parliament (MPs) have petitioned TSC to allow promotions and deployments for teachers who have received diplomas, postgraduate degrees, and diplomas from multiple renowned educational institutions and have received a mean KCSE grade of C (simple) or lower.
After July, the commission will only take PTE teachers who scored a C+ (plus) on the KCSE into account for promotions.
The Basic Requirements:
•Be a citizen of Kenya
•possess a P1 certificate.
•possess a bachelor’s degree in education with a minimum of two teaching certifications.
•must have received a KCSE average of at least C plus.
•must be employed by TSC