, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – The Ministry of Education is enlisting high school certificate holders for primary teachers pre-service training.
Prospective P1 teachers with a mean grade of C plain are required to download application forms from the ministry’s website and submit filled registration forms to zonal education offices from April 10th to May 3rd.
Applicants with special needs who have attained a mean grade of C minus are to file their submissions from May 4th to May 21st.
Successful candidates will pick their admission letters from zonal education offices countrywide once the selection process is completed.
Last year, the government recruited a total of 10,901 trainees into teachers training colleges.
However, by end of 2016 the country was facing a shortage of about 90,000 tutors according to teachers’ unions – Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) – with most schools said to be operating way below the required number of teachers.
According to World Bank, the country’s pupil to teacher ratio has significantly improved since 2002 but the increase is yet to meet the demand presented by population growth.
Records available from the bank indicate for instance that the pupil to teacher ratio in 2008 was 43:5 but this reduced in the subsequent year to 43:3.
In 2012, the ratio stood at 56:6 but the significant increase in pupil population reduced the impact of the increased number of tutors.