Looming Crisis as TSC is Forced to Readvertise Teaching Vacancies: TSC News
Vacant teaching posts in various learning institutions are usually announced by the Teachers Service Commission.
The slots can be havazardously categorized into two: fresh recruitment whereby the government creates new employment opportunities annually and replacement through which teachers who have exited service through natural attrition or for any other reasons are subsitituted to bridge the teaching gaps left behind on a termly basis.
The Teachers Service Commission recently advertised over 11000 teaching vacancies in both primary and secondary schools in Kenya.
The exercise reportedly attracted 300000 applicants and is now over with the successful candidates now waiting for their TSC probationary appointment letters.
However, even as other schools wait for the probationary letters to come from TSC, there are some other schools which could not attract suitable candidates to match the required subject combinations.
In such instances, the schools have an option of either changing the combination or Re-advertising the chances to see whether they can attract candidates.
TSC Advert for Taita Taveta Schools
Teachers employer, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has re-announced job vacancies for teachers.
Teachers employer in Taita Taveta County recently announced teaching job vacancies in four secondary schools from four sub-counties.
Qualified teachers registered with TSC are required to send their application before or on 30th, October 2020.
In a memo shared on social media by celebrated media personality Billy Miya of Radio Maisha this Tuesday, TSC released the advert a few days ago.
“Teachers Service Commission Taita Taveta County invites application from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following teaching posts for the schools below,” read a meme from TSC, Taita Taveta County.
Where to drop your applications
Your applications should be dropped at a school where the subjects you majored in are advertised as shown below.
Murray Girls, where a home science and music teacher is needed. The school is located in Mwatete Sub-County
Chala Secondary School, a computer teacher is needed. School located in Taveta Sub-County
Dr Aggrey School located in Taita Sub County where a Computer and Physics teacher is required
Our Lady of Perpetual (OLOPS) High School in Voi Sub County where Kiswahili/Music combination teacher is required.
“Eligible candidates should meet the following qualifications: Be a Kenyan Citizen, Must be registered as per TSC act 2012, Must be a holder of a minimum Diploma in education,” TSC added.
Interested and qualified candidates are supposed to send their applications on or before 3oth October 2020.
Just as the radio presenter said “All the best Fam!” we also wish you, applicants, best of luck in their profession.
This is what must have happened with some schools in Taita Taveta county having been forced to Re-advertise the teaching vacancies
The worst affected teaching subject combinations border on technical areas, KNEC Group four subjects.
These encompass Music, Agriculture, Computer, and Homescience.
But how did TSC end up there?
The Genesis of this crisis can be traced back to the year 2016 when the Kenya national examination Council introduced new stringent measures in conducting national KCSE exams to curb cheating.
The rampant vice, cheating in national exams has since been eliminated but some subjects are yet to recover from strict marking which has consequently being blamed on several occasions for the poor perfomance in technical subjects.
With the majority of the candidates posting dismal grades in high school, most students don’t meet the minimum criteria for taking courses in the affected subjects at tertiary level, hence promoting a crisis of teacher shortage.
According to a report dubbed the status of university Education in Kenya 2019 by all vice Chancellors of Kenyan Public universities, the few numbers of students taking these courses is a wake-up call to all the key stake holders.
“If no one is getting into agriculture courses, how will the country realise food security now and in the future?” posed Prof Daniel Mugendi Njiru of the University of Embu who read the report on behalf of the VCs.
The report recommends the lowering of entry grades to these courses and Kenya national examination Council to relax marking rules during national marking.
Besides, the report also recommended that agriculture be made compulsory since it’s a strategic subject in achieving of vision 2030.
Latest TSC Recruitment Criteria
With TSC requiring that a teacher must at least score C+ in the subjects of choice, many candidates get locked out leading to shortages of tutors.
It now a sit back and watch scenario to see whether TSC will bow to pressure abd relax tough conditions to encourage more teachers to take these subjects in order to to a evert a crisis.
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