Hundreds of applicants turn up for striking teachers jobs

Hundreds of applicants turn up for striking teachers jobs

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From left: TSC director in charge of teachers management Nancy Njeri, Knut secretary-general Wilson Sossion and TSC chairperson Lydia Nzomo in the past.


Hundreds of job seekers turned up at TSC offices in Mombasa Thursday to seek for teaching opportunities.

This followed directive issued by Teachers Service Commission to recruit 70,000 new teachers who will replace those on strike.

Majority of applicants mainly women, reported at TSC offices based at Uhuru na Kazi building in Mombasa.

TSC county deputy director of education Mwanasiti Mwakibonje who led the recruitment exercise confirmed that many applicants arrived as early as 7 am Thursday morning.

“Many even arrived before I arrived at my office by 8am.This is an indication that the number will increase as we move on,”she added.

She urged all the aspiring teachers to apply for the post in large numbers, adding that the number is expected to increase.

“We shall only recruit by focusing on the number given by TSC. This year when we were recruiting we got 500 applicants and out of this we recruited only 22, so we expect larger number” said Mwanasiti.

Ms Lydia Chengo a primary school teacher in one of the private school in Mshomoroni was one of those applicants who tried their lack.

“I got the news from the radio that government is recruiting teachers, so I have come to try my lack,” said Lydia.

Another applicant who identified as Freda, a social studies and English teacher at Sacred Heart in Mombasa, said he has been in the profession for the last 5 years and was willing to teach anywhere in the country so long as the government takes care of him.

“I love my profession more I consider kids and that is why  I chose to be a teacher,” said Fed.

TSC intends to recruit 50000 teachers for primary and 20000 more teachers for secondary school on a three month contract.

Deadline for application is Monday next week.