The Department of Education, led by Tinderet MP Hon Julius Melly, held consultative talks with the Chief Executive of Teaching Services today. (TSC CEO)
TSC CEO Nancy Macharia; He denied allegations that 35,000 teacher layoffs were being pursued by the lawmaker’s Teacher Service Commission, even assuring the public that he would be employed.
“Let me make it clear that members of parliament have no role during the recruitment of teachers,” Macharia told members of the National Assembly’s education committee.
He added. “The exercise will be conducted by TSC. Above the county level. We want to assure Kenyans that the exercise will be free, fair and safe,” he said.
Mrs Macharia was responding to issues raised by members of the House of Representatives Committee chaired by Speaker Julius Melly on the role of parliamentarians in the process.
“Kenyans must be made clear that the legislature has no role in the recruitment and hiring of 35,000 teachers planned for January,” said Hon Melli.
Speaking before the Committee, the Chairman of the Council announced that the commission will recruit 35,550 teachers in primary and secondary schools.
According to Ms. Macharia, 9,000 of the recruited teachers will be posted to secondary schools on a permanent and retired basis, while another 1,000 teachers will be posted to primary schools on a permanent and retired basis.
He explained that 21,550 trainees will be sent to secondary schools and 4,000 trainees will be enrolled in primary schools. Recruitment is considered necessary to ensure the smooth running of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) program.