Junior Secondary School Teachers to be deployed to Schools
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has started the process of deploying the first batch of primary and secondary school teachers in junior secondary schools.
According to the Commission, thousands of teachers will be placed to teach in junior secondary schools as of December this year.
According to the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), the Junior Secondary School section will be having Grades Seven, eight and nine. It is the current Grade Six learners who will join Junior secondary school in January 2023 after sitting for their final assessment in primary school this month.
The Grade Six pupils will sit for the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) which will start on the 28th of November and come to an end on the 30th of November 2022.
The Commission will only allow teachers who will meet the set qualifications to teach in the junior secondary school level in 2023.
Both primary and secondary school teachers as well as those from special schools will participate in teaching the pioneer Grade 7 learners in the coming year.
For primary school teachers who want to be deployed in the junior secondary school level, they must at least have one of the following qualifications:
- Diploma in Education
- Higher National Diploma in Education
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Education
- Master’s Degree or a PhD in Education
The other requirement is that the teachers must have undergone training in secondary teacher education with at least two teaching subjects.
The teacher must also have scored a mean grade of C+ (Plus) and above in their KCSE and must have at least C+ (Plus) and above in the two teaching subjects.
Teachers who scored a KCSE mean grade of C (Plain) and below and joined universities and studied Bachelor’s degree in Education (Secondary Option) will not be eligible for employment.
Those who have undergone training on the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) will have the edge over their peers in the deployment process. This will be assisted by the Commission having a list of all primary school teachers who attended CBC training.
However, primary school teachers will only be allowed to teach in Grade 7 in places where there is an acute shortage of secondary school teachers trained to teach at the junior secondary school level.
More than 60,000 secondary school teachers were trained to handle Grades 7 and 8 in April this year.
In December last year, the Commission also trained 120,000 primary school teachers to handle grade six learners.
Primary school teachers who will meet the deployment requirements will be deployed starting this year and early in 2023. This will be done during the Commission’s looming major recruitment exercise.
In January alone, the Commission is set to recruit more than 30,000 primary and secondary school teachers.
Besides, 116,024 secondary school teachers will undergo training this year in preparation for the Grade nine class.
However, it has not been revealed whether the training will take place with the government slashing the allocation of funds to TSC.