Confirmation of Intern Teachers into Permanent terms
Confirmation of Intern Teachers to Permanent terms. After the TSC CEO affirmed that they cannot serve under internship conditions for more than two years, intern teachers can now sigh with relief.
When Dr. Nancy Macharia appeared before the Senate National Cohesion Committee to answer inquiries about teacher transfers and recruitment, she expressed the aforementioned views.
The senators’ request for TSC to freeze teacher employment on permanent terms prompted this response from TSC’s head. Instead, the senators encouraged the commission to hire teachers on a contract basis in order to address the 111,810-teacher shortage.
The senators also instructed the CEO to investigate any legal matters that need to be clarified or amended in order to permit the commission to hire instructors on contract terms. Due to the commission’s limited budgetary resources, they argued that this would allow it to hire more teachers on a contract basis.
However, she stated in her submissions and answer that the commission is not allowed by law to retain the teachers for such a lengthy period of time on internship circumstances. They can only be confirmed into permanent and pensionable terms after a maximum of two years, according to her.
She added that the commission is unable to hire more teachers due to its tight budget. She underlined, however, that if funding is made available, the teacher shortage problem will be resolved.
Confirmation of Intern Teachers into Permanent Terms
Additionally, the TSC CEO stated that not all 36,000 newly hired instructors had been placed on the payroll. She continued by saying that the papers needed to be carefully examined because payroll is such a sensitive subject.
However, she said that practically all of the files had been worked on and that only a small number needed to be organized. Hon. Jackson Mandago, a senator from Uasin Gishu, made a suggestion that the Employment Act has to be legally worked on and modified to let the commission to hire teachers on contractual terms.
Additionally, teachers employed under contracts must specify their specific length of service as well as the payment arrangements. The senators bemoaned the fact that because they have children who have a right to an education, they cannot be held hostage by the teachers unions.
The senator from Tharaka Nithi stated that the government should be informed of the issue of contractual hiring. Teachers should be confirmed into permanent terms by the commission after serving under contract for a while. He suggested that confirmation be carried out annually.
The TSC CEO stated that despite the commission employing more than 36,000 teachers earlier this year, there is still a severe teacher shortage in primary and secondary schools. She made a suggestion that more teachers will be hired on an internship basis in an effort to bridge the gaps found in our schools.