Primary Headteachers Begin to Admit Posted JSS Interns
Primary Headteachers Begin to Admit Posted JSS Interns. “In recent days, intern teachers posted in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) and Primary Schools have started reporting to their respective institutions after the issuance of their posting letters.
Today, a significant number of these interns have been accepted by principals of elementary schools who also act as principals of lower secondary schools. Those who have reported have completed and submitted their online records to the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) to ensure their salaries are processed quickly.
The TSC has faced scrutiny over delays in paying salaries to internet teachers who were posted in January. Many teachers went months without a stipend, leading to rumors of financial constraints in the government. However, the situation has since stabilized and TSC is expected to pay the newly posted in-service teachers on time.
In July, the commission invited qualified applicants to apply for 20,000 teaching practice posts. Of these, 18,000 in-service teachers will be assigned to junior high schools, while the remaining 2,000 will work in primary schools to support the implementation of the new curriculum. The online application window remained open for two weeks until it closed on July 18.
In-service junior secondary teachers will be responsible for teaching various subjects within the curriculum and will receive a monthly stipend of Sh20,000. Primary school teachers will earn Sh15,000. However, these teachers will also experience deductions, including a Sh360 NSSF deduction, 1.5% domestic levy and NHIF allowances.
Teachers will work on a one-year contract, renewable for another year, before being considered permanent and retiring. Dr. Nancy Macharia, TSC director-general, said the commission aims to employ at least 25,000 teachers every year for the next five years, subject to the availability of funds.
The fate of current trainee teachers who were posted in January remains uncertain as TSC was not allocated funds in the July budget to confirm their status beyond January 2024.
Primary Directors are beginning to accept posted JSS interns