Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is planing to conduct mass transfers in a bid to proportionate staffing across schools.
Dr. Nancy Macharia who is TSC boss while speaking during the release of KCPE 2021 results said the process will be done with a human face and will end by May 9.
“The commission will shortly be asking our field officers to conduct a routine exercise of assessing their sub-counties to ensure that all schools have balanced teacher to learner ratios ahead of the start of the new academic calendar,” she explained.
The commission seeks to balance number of teachers in public schools following a revelation that some schools were understaffed while others had more than required teachers.
This is exercise is expected to be concluded before schools open and it will be done in such a manner that schools with more teachers will have some of their tutors transferred to understaffed schools.
At the end of the exercise teacher to learner ratio will be improved greatly.
Macharia further disclosed that there was a shortage of 114,581 teachers in primary and post-primary institutions.
According to the commission the shortage of tutors is attributed to increased enrolment arising from the high number of school-age children, the 100 per cent transition policy and registration of new schools.
In the past few years the commission has been recruiting 5,000 teachers annually to match the increased enrolment in public schools.
The 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary schools a policy that is fronted by the government has been one the factors that has increased swelling up of numbers of students in public secondary schools.