The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has tasked Education CS George Magoha with raising Ksh18 billion or risk postponing the planned mass reopening of schools in January 4.
The TSC Boss Nancy Macharia explained that the funds were vital as they sought to recruit more than 12,000 tutors.
The TSC boss revealed that the current 100% transition from Primary to Secondary School policy had created an additional shortage of 26,804 tutors.
“The commission’s target has not been met due to inadequate budgetary provision,” she stated.According to the TSC CEO, Ksh17 billion would be used in the recruitment process, with Ksh1 billion allocated for training, sensitization and induction of teachers.
At least 45,703 teachers have already gone through the newly launched teacher induction mentorship and coaching programme.
Nancy made it clear that without the requested funds, it would be next to impossible for teachers to operate under the January 4 reopening plan..
The CEO revealed that under the new social distancing rules, classes had shrunk and informed teachers that they could be facing double workload compared to what they were accustomed to.
A classroom in a typical public school holds an average of 60 pupils.
However, under the current Covid-19 stipulations by the Ministry of Education, each class will hold a maximum of 25 students. This is expected to increase a teacher’s workload significantly.
Budgetary limitations has seen the commission employ 23,700 teachers against a set target of 50,504.
Turkana County has the highest shortage of primary school teachers in the country.
According to TSC, the county requires 1,762 teachers to attain its 100% of 3,426.
Kakamega, Kitui, Bungoma and Nakuru have the largest share of teachers, with the four counties being home to close to 50,000 tutors. Kakamega has the highest number at 13,846, followed by Kitui with 12,717, Bungoma with 11,396 and Nakuru with 10,316.