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Govt to hire 16,847 intern teachers

NAIROBI, November 13 – The Cabinet has approved the hiring 16,847 intern teachers to supplement the existing deficit of 50,000 at a cost of Sh1.7 billion.

A dispatch from the Presidential Press Service issued on Thursday said the teachers would be engaged under the program for a period not exceeding two years.

“During the period the interns will be placed under professional supervision of their institutional heads and assessed by quality assurance officers,” the statement said.

Those engaged will be given a stipend based on their qualifications.

P1 teachers will receive an allowance of Sh 5,000 while diploma holders will get Sh7, 000. Graduate teachers will on their part take home Sh10, 000.

In a press conference Education Minister Professor Sam Ongeri said 12,370 teachers would be recruited for primary schools while 4,300 will be hired for secondary schools. Another 177 will find places in technical training institutions.

Prof Ongeri assured that the recruitment process would be transparent. “Posts will be advertised and identification and selection done at the institutional level once the need has been validated,” he said and added that for every three teachers needed one will be hired.

The Education Minister in the meantime invited the defiant Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) for talks to break a deadlock on anticipated pay rise.

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“My office doors are wide open. They should fix an appointment to come and tell me why they disagreed at that stage. Then as the minister and as the law dictates then I shall be able to give a way forward,” he said.
Prof Ongeri said he was studying a report by the Teacher Service Remuneration Committee which was engaged in talks with KNUT.

KNUT rejected a proposal to spread the increase in five years and has now threatened to call a nationwide strike.

Prof Ongeri however expressed optimism that the deadlock would be broken.

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