Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia has disputed claims that there are teachers who have stayed in same job group for 10 years.
Macharia told the committee at Parliament buildings it was not true that some teachers had remained in the same grade for up to 10 years as was alleged.
According to Macharia the longest a teacher may have stayed in the same job grade is four years, and the government was doing everything possible to ensure they are promoted.
Speaking to the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Education Nancy Macharia noted that all teachers were promoted by 2017, costing the government Sh54 billion.
Tinderet MP Julius Melly who is the chairperson of education committee demanded to know from the CEO why it had failed to employ 5,000 intern teachers on permanent terms yet there were funds set aside for that purpose, The CEO responded that they would be given priority in the current recruitment process.
“I would like to inform Teachers Service Commission there are many unemployment cases and it should be very fair in the implementation of the government plan to employ 30,000 teachers across the country in the next few days to ensure that deserving cases are prioritised,” said Melly.
Since independence teachers used to get employed directly after completing university and college until the process was frozen in 1998.
After that year the government employed teachers on demand or availability of funds with the process improved in the last few years.
Macharia said that since 2019, 26,000 teachers in post-primary have been employed on a permanent basis and those taken in on contracts given three-year renewable terms. 28,000 teachers have been employed since 2019.