Govt to Employ Intern Teachers, Hire Extra 20,000 JSS Teachers

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro has stated that the government will provide funding to hire junior secondary school teachers who have been working on permanent internships.

The MP also added that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will employ an additional 20,000 teachers to improve education.

Speaking at a fundraiser at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish Church in Kweluu, Mwingi West constituency, the MP stressed that children’ lives were more important than the unnecessary urgency of reopening schools owing to the ongoing flooding.

Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers have promised not to return to class when schools resume, until the National Government, through the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), places them on permanent and pensionable terms.

Addressing journalists in Bungoma county led by Titus Lusaka Wafula, Ndeta Dalmas, and Naomi Khaemba, the JSS teachers stated that they receive a low wage of KSh17, 000 in the form of stipends, despite the high cost of living.

According to the teachers, TSC should obey court decisions that said that the ongoing internship programme, which has been extended for another year, is illegal under labor laws.

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They have requested the commission to cease issuing employment letters to Members of Parliament who distribute them at religious functions and funerals for political benefit.

Khaemba stated that they are just like other graduates and should be treated with respect in the Public Service.

Esther Wanyonyi, a Junior Secondary teacher at Antony Rc Ilwalala Primary School who graduated in 2015, expressed concern that there is prejudice in teacher employment and that priority should be given based on graduation year and age group.

She has observed that a school has one instructor, yet he or she is required to teach 14 topics in total, resulting in a shortage of adequate learning materials.

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Last week, during a news conference, the Chairman of KUPPET Bungoma County Branch, David Barasa, flanked by the Secretary-General, Augustine Kundu Luketelo, stated that they stand in solidarity with JSS teachers in their quest.

Mr Barasa and Luketelo highlighted that many tutors face issues in their job stations, such as a lack of facilities, while receiving little salary from the National Government under the guise of an internship programme.

The two unionists urged President Dr. William Samoei Ruto to help with the challenges facing JSS teachers, including an order to hire them on permanent contracts to help bridge the teaching shortage.

Govt to Employ Intern Teachers, Hire Extra 20,000 JSS Teachers

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