May 18, 2022

TSC demand Sh 15 b to employ more teachers and increase their salaries

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The Teachers Service Commission wants to employ more teachers and increase their salaries.
This is after the Education ministry recommended an increase of Sh15 billion to its annual budget to recruit more teachers.
The Draft 2022 Budget Policy Statement proposes an increase from the current Sh281.7 billion to Sh296.6 billion.
TSC says that the Sh14.9 billion increase under the Teacher Resource Management will empower the commission to recruit more teachers.
“TSC is determined to see that teachers are properly staffed. It is working with the Ministry of Education to ensure enough teachers are provided by recruiting 5,000 teachers every year and also by engaging intern teachers,” reads a section of the policy.
The commission has been allocated Sh1.1 billion from Sh1 billion in the current financial year on governance and standards. A good percentage of the funds will cater for logistics such as Teacher Performance and Appraisal Development and Competency-Based Curriculum training for teachers among others.
TSC this year offered teachers through their unions a non-monetary 2021-25 Collective Bargaining Agreement to maintain their annual salary increment. This was also supported by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, which announced a two-year freeze on civil servants’ pay rise mid this year.
The commission recruited 2018, 28,843 teachers with 8,390 teachers serving in primary schools and 20,453 teachers in secondary schools.
The commission projected a shortage of 97,826 teachers (36,155 in primary and 61,671 in secondary) this year, 97,214 teachers (35,543 in primary and 61,671 in secondary) and 96,612 teachers (34,941 primary teachers and 61,671 secondary teachers) in 2022 and 2023 respectively.
Enrolment of special needs pupils increased from 121,392 in 2018-19 to 136,081 in 2019-20 and dropped to 132,466 in 2020-21.
TSC data shows that the number of students enrolled in public secondary schools increased from 2,954,330 in 2018-19 to 3,289,885 in 2020-21.
The enrolment rate for secondary education increased from 70.3 per cent in 2018 to 71.2 per cent in 2019.
The policy showed that the government has allocated the education sector Sh525.9 billion, Sh539.9 billion and Sh558.4 billion in the financial years 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 respectively.

 

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