Major Challenges Facing TSC in 2023
Major Challenges Facing TSC in 2023. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) annual’s report for 2021–2022 lists a lack of qualified teachers, a lack of professionalism, and a poor uptake of Technology skills as the organization’s top issues.
The research notes that the successful delivery of the program is impacted by alcohol and drug misuse, duty neglect, and immoral behavior. The degree of the mental health problems affecting the profession is more concerning; according to TSC, one in every four teachers who seek outpatient medical care has a mental health illness.
The commission has taken note of the rising number of staff who are dealing with mental health issues, which is having an impact on how well the curriculum is delivered.
To this purpose, the commission has kept in touch with its partners and stakeholders in order to educate its staff on mental illness. The commission has improved employee medical plans as well to enable better handling of cases involving mental illness, according to the study.
Medical coverage for teachers is provided by Minet Kenya. TSC employed about 346,000 instructors at the time. The secretariat offices of the commission are staffed as well. 10,000 new instructors have been hired for this school year. The 20,000 interns who are not insured by the medical plan are not included in this.
A list of 36 teachers who had their registrations revoked for a variety of offenses was published by TSC last month. 44 teachers were struck off the register in October of last year, and 73 more were struck off in July.
Since the 100% transfer policy from primary to secondary school was introduced in 2018, TSC has struggled to close staffing gaps but significant deficits still persist as more new schools are opened and existing ones are enlarged to accommodate increased enrollment.
TSC engaged 11,859 teachers on permanent and pensionable terms within the time period covered by the report, while they also sought out 6,000 interns.
TSC has been given Sh322.733 billion in the 2023 Budget Policy Statement, of which Sh3.8 million is earmarked for the hire of 20,000 new teachers to assist junior secondary school, which was launched in January but faces a significant staffing crisis.
The salary of the 10,000 instructors and 20,000 interns hired on permanent, pensionable terms in February of this year will total Sh11.1 billion.
With the addition of 93,679 teachers for Grades One through Six during the year under review, there are now 229,292 teachers who have received training in the competency-based curriculum (CBC) and competency-based assessment. In addition, 55,125 teachers received training for the junior secondary school program.
The TSC also identified issues as the lack of security in some regions of the nation, poor working conditions in arid and semi-arid regions, and difficult-to-staff locations.
The TSC reports that 149,512 teachers signed up for the contentious Teacher Professional Development program, which unions at first rejected.
TSC has decentralized its services to eight regional offices, 47 county offices, and 338 sub-county offices, according to the study.