Rural JSS rough life as new teachers struggle
Rural JSS rough life as new teachers struggle. Newly hired and posted junior secondary school teachers face challenging working conditions, especially if they are given remote school assignments.
This happens at a time when the junior secondary school division is struggling to get established and learning hasn’t even started in some schools.
Due to a lack of water, terrible infrastructure, bad housing, poor food, and old classrooms without even the most basic amenities, like desks, these instructors’ lives are difficult.
Things are not looking well for some junior secondary school teachers who left famous universities in big cities, whether they are full-time workers or interns.
Secondary schools are usually located in places with good social services and infrastructure. Even those who reside in rural sections of the country can frequently be found in cities and other developed areas.
These areas frequently have respectable rental housing, markets with adequate retailers, hospitals, pharmacies, police stations or posts, water, and other social amenities.
The majority of junior secondary schools are placed in primary schools, which is an exception to this rule.
These teachers are now working at deplorable junior secondary schools.
Although if some primary school teachers are used to working in these places, it can be difficult for graduate teachers who are typically unfamiliar to doing so.
In fact, some of them have refused to report to such places in lieu of postings at better places, while others have turned down the offers and returned to the places where they had previously worked as BOM teachers.
Nonetheless, other people have chosen to accept their existing situation and start working in hope of wealth and better times.
TSC may increase pay, especially for intern instructors who work in challenging conditions, to minimize the problems teachers face.
All 30,550 recently employed teachers have reported to their respective junior secondary schools in time for the start of the academic year, said TSC.
In the mass recruitment announcement released in December 2022, the Commission promised 9,000 permanent and pensionable teaching opportunities for junior secondary pupils, as well as 21,550 internship places.
TSC also plans to send 7,282 primary school teachers to junior secondary schools to help with teaching beginning the next week.
The Commission will begin providing training to all junior secondary school teachers this month and continue it through April.
According to TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia, the newly hired instructors will be retrained by the teachers who were trained on the junior secondary school curriculum in April of last year.
“We intend to train 90,000 teachers,” Macharia said between January and April. This comes after a decision to retool the newly employed teachers to Junior Secondary School.