As the shortage of teachers in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) continues around the country, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced plans to train at least 90,000 teachers that will then be tasked to teach at Junior Secondary Schools.
Junior Secondary Schools came into life after the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) that is doing away with the 8-4-4 system. The new curriculum has been criticized as ineffective and with less impact on learners.
“Already, we have trained 2,376 master trainers ahead of the retooling exercise of all the new teachers and others currently teaching in secondary schools.
We target to train 90,000 teachers between now and April 2023,” said TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia.
TSC has for the first time been employing teachers en masse to address the shortage of teachers in the country. More than 55,000 teachers have been hired so far. JSS kids have been in class for the first term that is ending this week. Most of them delayed starting their lessons because there were no teachers.
As that goes on, TSC deregistered at least 44 teachers from the register of teachers for various misconduct. The deregistered teachers will no longer be under TSC and will not work anywhere as teachers with the blessings of TSC.
“Pursuant to Section 30 of the TSC Act (2012), the Commission wishes to publish names of teachers who have been removed from the register of teachers,” said TSC in a statement.
“Where the name of any teacher is removed from the register under this Act, such name shall not be reinstated except by direction of the Commission,” said Nancy Macharia, the CEO of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
“Suffers or permits or employs in any school a person not being a registered teacher shall be guilty of an offense and liable to a fine of not less than one hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both,” TSC insisted.