The government is set to hire an additional 20,000 teachers in the next financial year at a cost of Sh4 billion to alleviate the problem of teacher shortage, especially in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS).

This follows an agreement reached last week between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet).

Additionally, TSC has agreed that starting from 2025, it will offer permanent employment to the 26,000 contracted teachers hired in 2023.

Out of the 20,000 teachers to be employed to teach in JSS schools, 2,000 will be deployed to arid areas in the country.

Kuppet Secretary-General Akello Misori stated that TSC has agreed to their demands to revise the promotion guidelines for teachers left out in the previous exercise so they can benefit.

This move will enable 50,000 teachers who have remained in one grade since 2017 to be promoted.

Moreover, a total of 30,000 teachers will be promoted in the financial year ending on June 30, 2025.

“TSC will allocate Sh1 billion for the promotion of these 30,000 teachers who have remained in one grade for many years,” Mr. Misori said.

However, these good news come amid pressure from senators on TSC regarding recruitment and promotion issues, as well as granting permanent employment to contract teachers.

Led by Special Senator Esther Okenyuri, the senators urged TSC to provide a full list of teachers employed on permanent contract and those who are still on temporary contracts.