Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Nancy Macharia has said the commission is optimistic that the government will bring onboard some 5000 new teachers to help bridge the teacher deficit gap.
”This is an election year. We know there are limited resources but we remain hopeful that the government will also listen to us and ensure that our children have enough teachers,” she said.
Macharia further revealed that they had requested the government to absorb teachers currently on an internship to help balance the margin on low teacher numbers, adding that the new CBC curriculum requires more teachers on the ground hence some have been trained and waiting to be absorbed.
Meanwhile, Macharia stated that already some 60,000 teachers will be re-tooled to teach at the junior secondary schools in April, as 229,000 teachers have already been trained on the new curriculum.
”Our teachers are ready for the CBC, In Fact, we shall continue to offer them training. For those not employed by us, it is worth noting that they are also already being trained so that when we also absorb them, there will be no need to re-tool them,” she said.
With the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination(KCSE), Macharia downplays the widespread fears that ongoing Kenya has been leaked, she maintains that the examination materials have remained intact only that there were few isolated cases when it got exposed after distribution.
Dr. Macharia spoke in Mombasa today morning when she led senior government officials in witnessing the opening of examination materials at the Kisauni DCC offices.
”There has been the exposure of the examination materials after picking from the Containerised strong rooms that are under lock and key and on 24-hour guard. Some bad elements open earlier than the stipulated time,” she said.
Dr. Macharia said those who have been found trying to tamper with the national examination have already been taken to court.