JSS intern teachers to get permanent jobs

National Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Ndindi Nyoro now says secondary school trainee teachers will soon be hired on permanent and pensionable terms.

The 46,000 teachers, currently working on contract, have halted learning in JSS classes in a bid to pressure the Teaching Services Commission (TSC) to confirm their employment.

The JSS scholarship holders put down their tools last week demanding employment in permanent and pensionable conditions.

Nyoro said the TSC has been allocated the largest budget, amounting to over Sh300 billion, from which he said the commission will draw resources to employ the protesting teachers on permanent terms.

“TSC is the number one most funded institution in Kenya, with over Sh300 billion. We want to confirm JSS teachers and I want to assure you that we will provide money for confirmation of permanent and pensionable terms for trainee JSS teachers,” Nyoro said.

However, there are reports that the money allocated to TSC may not be enough to confirm the 46,000 JSS trainee teachers on permanent terms.

Responding to reports that the Department of Basic Education’s budget had been cut by more than Sh19 billion, Nyoro said there was no cause for alarm, although each department was pushing for more allocations.

Parliamentary Committee on Education Chairman Julius Meli revealed last week that not all JSS trainee teachers currently employed on contract will be absorbed into TSC.

He said the government will only absorb 26,000 JSS trainee teachers with permanent and pensionable status in the next financial year starting from June 2024.

Government plans to Parliamentary Committee on Education Chairman Julius Meli revealed that JSS trainee teachers currently employed on a contract basis will be absorbed by TSC as the funds have been allocated by Parliament.

Meli called on lower secondary school teachers to stop their weekly demonstration and instead return to class and teach while their concerns were addressed.

“Parliament has allocated a fund to the TSC to hire 26,000 JSS interns on a permanent basis. The rest would be absorbed in the following years, so you have to be patient,” said Meli.

The legislator revealed that his commission gave in to the National Treasury’s explanation as to why they could not absorb all of the JSS interns due to financial constraints.

Meli added that a new group of 20,000 JSS in-house tutors will be recruited on a one-year contract as soon as the 26,000 are employed to help fill the huge teacher shortfall currently in Kenyan schools.

On April 17, Judge Bryrum Ongaya of the Employment and Labor Relations Court ruled that TSC violated student teachers’ right to fair labor practices.

“The respondents have not demonstrated regulatory or policy provisions that would allow the first respondent (TSC) to employ interns,” it said.

“Ideally, the first respondent would hire registered teachers on terms that are non-discriminatory and to meet optimal staffing needs in public schools.”