The push to have more teachers hired to support the 100 per cent transition has suffered a blow after MPs failed to increase the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) budget.
The report of the Budget and Appropriation committee was adopted by the National Assembly last week, leaving TSC’s request at the mercy of National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.
Mr Yatani is required to make the 2020/2021 budget based on the recommendations of the committee that is chaired by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah.
The committee approved the recruitment of 5,000 teachers on permanent and pensionable terms at Sh2 billion against the commission’s request for Sh15.4 billion to recruit 25,000 tutors.
TSC will now have to continue with the hiring of 10,000 interns at Sh1.2 billion starting July and schools will have to rely of board of management (BoM) teachers.
According to TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia, the available 318,000 teachers in service are overstretched.
“Our teachers are being overworked due to competency based curriculum and 100 per cent transition,” said Dr Macharia.
The 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary schools has overstretched facilities in institutions and this year one million more learners joined secondary school.
With 100 per cent transition now in its third year, TSC had proposed that 12,000 teachers be recruited annually for five years to address the gap.