NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 19 – The government has embarked on a major recruitment drive targeting 10,000 teachers, in a move aimed at bridging the gap left by retiring tutors.
Education Permanent Secretary Belio Kipsang said the government has already received applications from interested candidates who are being considered for the job offer.
“The applications were closing on Friday and we would want to believe that in the cause of this term, the school and the Counties will make their returns. We are seeing ourselves having them in class by October,” he noted.
Over 20,000 teachers are set to retire after the retirement age was pushed to 60.
There have been concerns from the Kenya National Union of Teachers which wants the teachers employed urgently to ensure the quality of education is not compromised.
Earlier, Deputy President William Ruto assured the teachers union that the government had set money during the budget allocation to recruit 10,000 teachers.
“I’ve heard teachers’ representatives say there is no money in the budget for the recruitment of teachers. The budget is a public document. If you go to the budget today there is money to recruit an additional 10,000 teachers,” Ruto said.
On a post on their Facebook page, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) urged those involved in the process to exercise the highest degree of transparency and accountability, as stipulated in the Public Officer Ethics Act, (2003).
“Following the advertisement for recruitment of teachers, Boards of Governors are required to conduct a selection exercise for the advertised vacancy (ies) in their institutions. The names of interviewed candidates ranked in order of performance during the selection process for each vacancy will then be presented to the Commission.”
The commission noted: “All applicants should be given equal opportunity. However, in case of a tie, applicants with disabilities may be considered on affirmative action so long as they meet the stipulated recruitment criteria.”