Ezekiel Machogu Addresses Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) Teacher Shortage Concerns


Panic set in among school heads in junior secondary schools due to the delay in the deployment of Grade Seven teachers. But the Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, stepped in to assure the public that all was under control! 💪

🗣️”We have 36,000 teachers that we have employed who are reporting to their respective schools this week, latest by next week,” Machogu said during a press conference in Nairobi on Monday.

💼However, some school heads were not satisfied with the number of teachers sent to their schools, claiming that the workload required by the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) demands more.

📚Teachers also raised concerns about accessing textbooks for the Grade Seven class, with most books not approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

🏫Meanwhile, learning was going on in private schools. But even the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) faced challenges with the implementation of CBC.

👥The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) called for the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to hasten the deployment of teachers to avoid time wastage.

❗️However, there were concerns about a low turnout of students in junior secondary schools, with lack of school fees being the leading cause.

💰Machogu admitted that the government was yet to release the capitation, Ksh15,000 per student, to schools pending final data on enrolment numbers. 💸

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