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726 TSC Deployment Letter Released for P1 Graduates to Counties

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) released a total of 726 deployment letters to counties as of Monday 1st March 2021.

More P1 graduate teachers who had been in job grade B5 and now in C1 will be posted to teach in secondary schools.

The teachers shall earn a salary ranging from 27,195 to 34,900 every month.

TSC had advertised 2,000 deployment slots targeting practicing P1 graduate teachers with C+ (plus) at their KCSE.

The teachers must have also achieved at least a mean grade of C+ (plus) in the two teaching subjects.

In the year 2019, TSC advertised a total of 1,000 posts while in 2020 TSC also advertised the same number of posts.

The applications were done online but TSC has been taking their time in posting the teachers to high schools even after applications had been submitted.

The database shows that at least 6,347 primary school teachers have a degree with C+ at KCSE and a C+ in the two teaching subjects and therefore they qualify to teach in secondary schools.

TSC released 395 letters as schools reopened and has now released 331 letters this week.

However, most of the deployment letters favor teachers who teach combinations involving science subjects.

In the second batch, Mombasa County got 24 letters, Tana River 16, Kericho 22, Narok 30, and Kwale 19.

The deployed teachers will start at Job Grade C2 and later rise to grade C3 after completing three years in the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) for teachers.

This kind of TSC promotion plan is seeking to reduce teacher shortage in secondary schools.

The Government of Kenya is already facing an acute staffing crisis in public secondary schools with a double intake looming in two years that will require the hiring of at least 60,000 more teachers to alleviate the strain on teachers already on TSC employment.

Secondary schools are set to admit Pioneer Competency-Based Curriculum class, now in Grade Four, in January 2023.

This group of learners is expected to join Junior Secondary School (JSS) at Grade Seven under the new system.

At the same time, learners who are currently in standard six will be joining Form One, but in the 8-4-4 curriculum, which is being phased out step by step.

Another double intake is set to happen in 2024 and 2025 when the other lot under the old system, currently in Standard Five will join secondary school.

Teacher shortage in secondary schools when the pioneer CBC class joins JSS will be at 61,671. This is according to TSC’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.

When the CBC shall have been fully rolled in secondary schools, we will have six classes; three in junior and three in senior secondary school.

This shall require extra classrooms, laboratories, workshops, and music, and sports equipment hence require more teachers.

The staffing crisis shall be increased further by the number of teachers expected to retire by 2023.

By the end of 2020, 16, 645 teachers were at the age of 58 years and above. This meant that they will have retired by 2023. Primary schools had the most number of teachers above the age of 58 years with a total of 14,333 tutors.

Thousands of other teachers left the service through death, resignations, and disciplinary action.

Teachers who are in secondary schools with the age of over 58years are 2,651.

At the moment, there is a total of 350,000 teachers who are still unemployed despite them being registered TSC teachers.

TSC CEO Nancy Macharia warned that something has to be done and fast to solve the impending problem.

“It this rising number is not tamed through employment, public confidence in the nobility of the teaching profession will be eroded,” TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia said.

The Commission has worked on improving the salaries of teachers and is currently negotiations with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) so that teachers can get a pay rise in July 2021.

In the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) deposited at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission that is to take effect as, from July 2021, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has proposed a minimum 16% increment in basic salary for teachers.

The previous CBA which ended in July 2020 only favored school administrators. However, the new CBA that shall run from July 2021 to July 2025 will reduce the gap between teachers in lower and higher grades.

Teachers who are in Grades C4 to D5 will benefit from a 16% increment in their basic salaries in the new CBA that TSC has proposed.

Teachers in Grades B5 to Grade C3 will get a 32% pay rise in their salaries if the new CBA is implemented.

The 2021-2025 CBA also recommends an increment of up to 20% in house allowancesç commuter and leave allowances.

This basically means that Senior and Chief Principals shall earn Ksh. 131, 380, and a maximum of Kshs. 157,656.

Deputy Principals in job grades between D1 to D3 will earn between Kshs. 77,840 and Kshs. 125,573.

However, KNUT and KUPPET had opposed the TSC CBA proposals.

KNUT and KUPPET made their submission for the new CBA. KNUT wanted the basic pay to raised by between 120% and 200%.

KUPPET on the other hand proposed a basic salary increment of between 30 percent and 70 percent.

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