Society / Education
Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 12:33 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Teacher Service Commission has urged county governments to stop the registration of new schools as a means of addressing the biting shortage of government-employed teachers. TSC chairperson Lydia Nzomo told a forum in Machakos Town on Wednesday that the commission’s efforts to manage staffing in schools was being disrupted by the coming up of new schools across the country.
Ms Nzomo said that County Education Boards should “minimize to the extent possible” on the registration of new schools, a request that county governments, which are striving to improve access to education across the board, would not welcome kindly.
“The more schools we set up every year, the more we continue to face teacher shortage in the country because the 5,000 teachers we employ each year are still not enough,” she said.
Addressing the very first open day forum for school heads drawn from the Nairobi Metropolitan region, Ms Nzomo urged the boards of education to utilize more on the existing schools and register only those that are most necessary.
She also had good news for teachers, revealing at the meeting that the commission would soon promote 10,000 teachers who have stagnated in Job Groups L and M as a means of motivating them.
She urged the teachers in these Job Groups to apply for the promotions in large numbers, saying some of the positions will be filled competitively.
“When these posts are advertised, teachers should apply because in some instances we have seen teachers complaining of not being promoted yet they never apply for promotions”, said Nzomo.
A local teachers’ trade unionist urged the TSC to promote openness in its operations and communicate with the unions on its programmes.
“We recognize the changes that you are undertaking but we need to work as a team so that we all get to know how we are going to cover the rest of the journey,” Mr Musembi Katuku, the executive secretary for KUPPET Machakos Branch said.