The Teachers Service Commission has elevated over 7,000 teachers to teach in junior secondary schools, following the successful verification of their personal files through an online portal provided by TSC.
The promotion was open to those with a Diploma in Education or a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and at least a C+ in KCSE or its equivalent.
Furthermore, the applicants were required to have a C+ in the two teaching subjects in KCSE or its equivalent, and eight units in each of the two teaching subjects.
The 7,282 teachers have been distributed to different counties based on the number of classes in each county, as per the Commission’s CEO, Nancy Macharia.
This deployment comes during a time when most schools are grappling with issues such as limited infrastructure and overcrowding.
To combat this challenge, TSC has been promoting primary school teachers to teach in secondary schools since 2019, and as a result, about 30,550 primary school teachers were distributed to teach Grade 7 pupils nationwide.
Macharia informed Parliament that each teacher would have two subjects to teach, and there is a correlation between most of the Grade 7 subjects.
Therefore, one teacher can teach more than one subject at the JSS level.
She also stated that the mapping process is ongoing, and the commission is still verifying files to identify more teachers who can be promoted to teach in secondary schools.
As the newly promoted teachers report to their new duty stations, their contribution is expected to alleviate the burden of understaffing and limited infrastructure in junior secondary schools across the country.