TSC Employs Half of Teachers From 3 Tribes: 87% From 7 Communities

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has produced a new report revealing the three tribes that account for over half of the teaching profession. 

It is now clear that the Kalenjin, Kikuyu, and Luhya tribes account for approximately half of the 406,860 teachers on the government payroll. 

Kalenjin Tops

The Kalenjin group, with 73,309 teachers, is the tribe with the most educators on the TSC payroll.

The Kikuyu tribe comes in second with 64,937 teachers, followed by the Luhya community’s 60,912. 

The three tribes collectively account for 48% of the teaching force, demonstrating a substantial difference in the regional distribution of public teaching jobs in the nation.

The Senate Standing Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity received the data.

It also reveals that the Kamba community employs the fourth-highest number of teachers on the state payroll. 

The tribe has 48,201 teachers, followed by the Luo community, which has 47,285, rounding out the top five communities that dominate the teaching service. 

Overall, the Kalenjin, Kikuyu, Luhya, Kamba, and Luo make up 70% of the teaching force.

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Overall, the TSC employs 294,644 teachers across the five communities. 

According to the survey, the Kisii group ranks as the sixth most dominant tribe in the teaching service, with 35,236 teachers. This represents 8%. 

The Meru follows at 25,930.

This indicates that TSC has engaged 355,810 teachers from only seven tribes, accounting for 87 percent of the whole teaching fraternity in public service. 

Least Represented

It also leaves the remaining 38 tribes with only 51,050 teaching positions. This represents 13%.

According to the data, Kenyan Europeans have the lowest number of teachers on TSC staff, with only one tutor.

Kenyan Asians have only nine teachers, but Dasnach-Shangil has eleven. 

The least represented are Murulle (14), Elmolo (17), Gosha (20), Njemps (26), Kenyan Arab (23), Sakuye (32), Dorobo (17), and Rendille (87).

In reaction to the allegations, TSC Chief Executive Dr. Nancy Macharia defended the figures, stating that they reflect the distribution of the country’s population. 

Dr. Macharia stated that the commission had achieved ethnic balance at various stages of recruitment, with no more than one-third of staff representing the same ethnic community. 

Dr. Macharia contended that the commission values fair competition and merit as the foundation for appointments and promotions. 

“We regularly review our policies to ensure the realization of constitutional aspirations on gender balance, fair competition, and employment of persons with disabilities,” she stated.

TSC secretariat

At the same time, the identical pattern is repeated in the TSC secretariat, with minor variations. 

The Kikuyu community has the majority of the secretariat staff, with 567 employees. This represents 19% of the overall secretariat staff. 

483 staff members from the Kalenjin community follow, making up 16% of the total.

Kambas comes in third with 360 employees, accounting for 12% of the total secretarial staff. 

Another 300 employees are from the Luhya community, making them the fourth-most powerful tribe in the secretariat. 

The Kisii community, with 226 personnel, rounds out the top five tribes in the secretariat, with the Luos close behind in sixth place with 221 staff. 

TSC reports that it has hired 204,373 female teachers and 202,487 male teachers, achieving gender parity in teacher employment. 

Additionally, the Commission claims to have taken steps to incorporate people with disabilities (PWDs) into its recruitment. The report states that the Commission has employed 5,666 people with disabilities as teachers.

According to the document, the majority of teachers (153,539) are between the ages of 30 and 39. 

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There are 1,912 teachers aged 20 to 24, and 50,485 tutors aged 25 to 29. 

Teachers between the ages of 40 and 49 account for 107,837 of the TSC staff, while those aged 50 to 59 make up 90,459. 

There are only 2,548 elderly teachers between the ages of 60 and 64, and the lowest representation is among those aged 65 to 70, with only 80 teachers.

TSC Employs Half of Teachers From 3 Tribes: 87% From 7 Communities

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