22 July 2008

Kenya: TSC Set to Fill 14,000 Vacancies in Schools

Nairobi — The Teachers Service Commission will recruit 10,307 primary school teachers to replace those who have died or retired.

Another 3,957 teachers will be hired to address staff shortages in post-primary institutions. Some 3,768 teachers are required for secondary schools, while 148 will be employed in technical institutions and 41 in teacher training colleges.

However, only applicants under the age of 45 will be considered.

Their choice

The primary school vacancies are in 146 districts. Teachers are required to submit applications to district education officers in the districts of their choice not later than July 31.

According to an advertisement posted by TSC executive secretary Gabriel Lengoboini, Siaya District has the highest number of vacant positions in primary schools, 307, followed by Homa Bay, 253, and Molo, 237. Fafi needs three teachers, the least vacancies.

Applicants must have at least a P1, P2, S1 or diploma in education certificates.

In the secondary schools, Nyanza Province leads with 968 vacancies followed by Rift Valley with 933, Eastern 804, and Central with 465. Western Province has 401, while Coast has 111, North Eastern 78 and Nairobi only four.

Teacher training colleges have one or two openings, except Kagumo, Kibabii and Egoji with four each.

Certified copies

Applicants for the post-primary institutions must have a minimum of a diploma in education or technical education. They should send certified copies of certificates to the institutions with a copy to the DEO's office on or before July 31, this year.

TSC had earlier said it would employ 6,000 teachers as interns to meet the shortfall of 58,000 teachers, a move rejected by the Kenya National Union of Teachers.

In this year's budget, Sh1.56 billion was allocated for the recruitment of new teachers.

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