Nairobi,KENYA:The teachers Service Commission has defended the move to transfer school teacher heads in bid to de-localize the teaching fraternity and deliver quality education.
Speaking when she appeared before National Assembly’s committee on Education,TSC CEO Nancy Macharia says that the commission acted within its mandate during the transfer of the teachers.
The CEO also noted that the mass transfers is meant to promote national integration.
The teachers’ employers also warned that the acute shortage of tutors could frustrate efforts of achieving 100 transition rates from primary to secondary schools.
Macharia said that there is a shortage of 12,626 teachers countrywide.
A request for additional funds by the TSC is yet to be honored pushing it to a tight spot where the teacher-pupil ratio is below acceptable standards of 1:40.
“We are struggling with a teachers’ shortage across the country. We need an additional 12,626 teachers .”Macharia said
The TSC which has total of 312,060 teachers on its payroll had committed to employ 20,000 additional teachers annually, but has not been able to due to financial constraints.
Emuhaya MP Milemba Omboko proposed that the Sh13 billion which the ministry had saved from the books program after bypassing middlemen and dealing directly with publishers.
Macharia asked the Committee to intervene to see that TSC is receives the Sh4 billion it had requested from Treasury to enable it build capacity in teachers in relation to the new education curriculum.