DP Gachagua Promises Intern Teachers PnP Jobs
DP Gachagua Promises Intern Teachers PnP Jobs. Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has announced plans to permanently absorb in-service teachers with the option of retirement to gradually address the deficit of more than 111,000 teachers. The move is part of the government’s strategy to improve the quality of education by reducing the burden on teaching staff.
Speaking at the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) 63rd Annual Delegates Conference in Kasarani, Nairobi, Gachagua acknowledged the push to confirm trainees as permanent and pensionable employees. He explained that due to budgetary constraints, a deliberate strategy was agreed upon in negotiations with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). Some teachers would be hired on a permanent basis with the possibility of retirement, while others would serve as interns with the first opportunity to transition to permanent tenure.
Apart from tackling unemployment and improving the quality of education, Gachagua highlighted that the Kenya Kwanza government has hired over 56,000 teachers in its first year in office. In addition, he stressed the government’s commitment to address security challenges in regions where teachers have fled due to security concerns, particularly in parts of the North Rift and North Eastern regions.
Gachagua assured that the government is conducting a disarmament exercise to eliminate criminals in the affected areas. Acknowledging the importance of education in addressing security threats, he affirmed the government’s determination to restore peace, stressing that threats to teachers are a threat to the nation’s future.
Acknowledging the right of teachers to choose their preferred areas of service, Gachagua called on the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and other stakeholders to work together on a formula that will ensure equitable distribution and avoid disadvantaging certain regions. This initiative is in line with the broader goal of promoting a conducive environment for educators and improving educational outcomes across the country.