, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30 – The Teachers Service Commission has advertised 70,000 vacancies for primary and secondary school teachers to alleviate the effects of the ongoing strike.
A statement issued by the commission says 20,000 secondary school positions and 50,000 at the primary school level are available for qualified Kenyans.
TSC says the relief teachers will be hired on a three month contract upon which they will be considered for permanent employment when vacancies arise.
Interested candidates are required to apply through the commission’s County Directors at their respective home counties not later than Monday next week.
To apply for a teaching position in the secondary schools, candidates are required to have a minimum of a diploma and a P1 certificate for primary schools.
“Eligible candidates must be Kenyan citizen, must be 45 years of age and below, must have original professional and academic certificates and must be registered as a teacher as per Section 23 of teachers service commission act,” read the statement.
The four week old crisis in the education sector deteriorated after the teachers’ bodies, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET), declared it would not relent on the nationwide strike even as the Supreme Court, again, declined to suspend the disputed 50-60 per cent pay increment.
The teachers’ unions on Tuesday declined to honour an order issued by Employment and Labour Relations Court Justice Nelson Aboudha who suspended the ongoing teachers strike for 90 days and ordered tutors to resume duty immediately.
The Court on Friday told the government and the teachers’ unions to resolve the pay dispute within the 90 days.
Justice Aboudha also asked TSC not to victimise teachers who had participated in the strike and called on the government to form a conciliatory committee over the matter within one month.