JSS Teachers Complain Over Delayed 3-Month without Salary
JSS Teachers Complain Over Delayed 3-Month without Salary. The implementation of the competency-based curriculum (CBC) appears to be in crisis, according to the first group of junior secondary school (JSS) teachers, who claimed that since the start of the 2023 academic year, they had not yet received their three-month remuneration.
Representatives from the education community called the Ministry of Education to involve them as the first term came to a close.
Some critics said that despite the Teachers Service Commission’s (TSC) incorporation of 36,000 tutors into the program to solve the shortfall, the phase still faced numerous challenges for its efficient implementation.
According to education expert Ken Echesa, the 36,000 teachers were sent to primary and high schools in addition to JSS, making their presence there of little use.
He explained the situation, pointing out that most schools only had two tutors on staff despite the fact that grades 7 and 8 were required to be taught 14 units.
“There are roughly 14 learning areas in JSS, and high school teachers are prepared to teach two subjects. Humanity made up over 70% of the teachers deployed, mostly teaching geography, history, and religion as well as Kiswahili.
These tutors are unable to teach integrated science, which consists of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. This indicates that the majority of our teachers have introduced integrated sciences to kids after a full semester,” he said.
The issue arose after the Ministry of Education issued a statement on April 14, 2023, claiming that funds for JSS’s Free Secondary Education (FSE) had been released.
All heads of institutions were instructed to acknowledge receiving financing by sending official school receipts for both tuition and operation accounts to the Principal Secretary, State Department for Basic Education.
Additionally, through the subcounty director of education, the county director of education will get an allocation of money that has been fully signed by each student.
For schools that did not acknowledge the monies within two weeks, the grant program would be suspended.