The Teachers Service Commission has a constitutional mandate to register all trained and qualified teachers and hire them through a competitive process. Those who merit through interviews are posted to kenyan public schools to help in curriculum implementation. The teachers' basic role in implementing the curriculum and educational programmes is to impart knowledge and skills in learners. They also identify and nurture talent as well as inculcating the right values learners under their mentorship. The government has not adequately funded the TSC to hire enough tutors to address the problem of understaffed schools. The high enrollments courtesy of free basic education has seen unhealthy teacher-learner ratios. This adversely affects the quality of teaching and learning especially in public institutions.
The Commission has however been gradually addressing the shortage of teachers through replacement of those who have exited the service. More opportunities have also been taken by qualified teachers through normal employment. The government's decision to phase out 8-4-4 and replace it with the Competency Based Curriculum calls for adequate staffing. The teachers employer has recently recruited teachers on permanent and pensionable basis and are working in schools. A section of these teachers particularly those in the primary section have received letters fro TSC directing the to have the Kenya National Examinations Council confirm their PTE results in 3 months. This has been a source of worry for them since the said results are the ones on the P1 certificate that was considered for employment. Some who had received similar letters previously have reassured their new colleagues not to worry but follow the procedure which will cost them about kshs 3,000.
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