The teachers service commission TSC chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia has announced that Kenya has a shortage of 50,000 teachers that needs to be employed. The teaching vacancies are supposed to be filled within the shortest time possible. Dr. Macharia has said.
Appearing before the Parliamentary Education Committee on 14th May, TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia said the country has 211,046 primary school teachers out of 259,219 required. A total of 48,173 more teachers are needed to bridge the national shortage.
According to Dr. Nancy Macharia Turkana County has the highest shortage of primary school teachers in the country followed by Mandera,West pokot and Wajir. Other counties with dire need of teachers include Narok and Kwale.
She stated that Turkana has a shortage of 51.4%, Mandera 48.6% West Pokot 41,1% Wajir 30% and Kwale has a shortage of 30%. Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Meru, Laikipia, Isiolo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Embu and Nairobi have the least shortage of teachers. The 12 counties have teacher shortages of less than 10 per cent.
Out of 2,507, Nancy Macharia stated that Kirinyaga requires 30 teachers representing 1.2 per cent. Uasin Gishu has 5,125 and needs 422. Kiambu requires 368, Nyeri 321, Nyandarua 329, Murang’a 423, Meru 705, Laikipia 241, Isiolo 78, Elgeyo Marakwet 347, Embu 367 and Nairobi 407.
Here are details of teacher shortage in various counties
Shortage Of Teachers In Kenyan Schools
According to the report seen by The Standard Report Vihiga, Trans Nzoia, Taita Taveta, Siaya, Nyamira, Nandi, Mombasa, Migori, Makueni, Machakos, Lamu, Kisumu, Kisii, Kericho and Baringo all have shortages ranging from 10 to 20 per cent.
However quite a number of teachers were noted to be working in various schools but employed by the board of management
This comes at a time the education CS Dr. George Magoha has formed a committee to relook at the modalities to be followed for the re-opening of schools. According to CS Magoha who was speaking yesterday, the committee will also advise the Cabinet Secretary on the general impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the demand for education by poor households and suggest mitigation measures.