During the 59th edition of Jamhuri day, President William Ruto promised to employ 35,000 new teachers by January 2023.
This ultimately led to legislators having a sudden interest in the recruitment drive raising eyebrows because it is clearly not their mandate to hire but that of the Teachers Service Commission(TSC).
The anticipated nationwide recruitment of 35,000 additional teachers has been marred by fears of political interference and manipulation after it emerged that Members of Parliament (MPs) have been positioning themselves to reward their cronies with the appointments.
The majority of the new recruits will be deployed to teach in Junior Secondary Schools (JSS), whose pioneer Grade Seven class will join the higher level in the New Year. All counties will get the same number of teachers and interns.
Already, some MPs have convened meetings with their respective constituents together with their local sub-county directors of education to discuss possible recruitment amid fears that the lawmakers could be out to hijack the process to secure employment for their cronies and relatives.
As a rule, MPs leverage their supervisory role in the disbursement of National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) money to influence school boards by sponsoring various developments besides allocating bursaries. They can use this power to influence who gets recruited since the responsibility of hiring will be vested in boards of management.
However, TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia said TSC is the employer of public school teachers.
“On the recruitment of teachers, let me say this, the MPs have no role at all as it is being conducted by the headquarters at the sub-county level,” she told the legislators at Parliament B Buildings.
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