TSC may lose internship teachers next  year

TSC may lose internship teachers next  year

TSC may lose internship teachers next  year

The educational landscape in our country is greatly shaped by educators. Since the introduction of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) into primary  schools, which included the inclusion of junior secondary school levels, the  educational landscape in our nation has seen considerable changes. But there have been difficulties along the way, chief among them being the lack of  trained teachers in many public schools.

To address this scarcity, the government, through the Teachers Service Commission, took proactive steps earlier this year. They embarked on a recruitment drive, employing 8,000 teachers through the Post-Primary Teacher Training Program (PNP) and an additional 15,000 teachers under internship programs. These efforts aimed to alleviate the teacher shortage crisis, and many of these newly hired educators began their duties in February, with more joining in August.

It should be noted that these intern instructors are now employed under contracts, which normally have a minimum one-year duration.

However, in the upcoming months, this arrangement can change. There is a growing belief among these educators that if their issues are not satisfactorily addressed by their employer, the Teachers Service Commission, they may turn to industrial action.These educators are seeking solutions for a number of urgent problems, such as low pay, poor working conditions, and the load of taxes on their meager salaries.

They argue that the government should consider offering them permanent positions or raising their stipends, especially in light of the challenging economic conditions prevailing in our country.Majority of the Teachers are decrying deductions made by the commission including House Levy, NSSF and even NHIF from the meagre stipend.

The “Moguls,” or JSS pioneers, are perplexed as to why the commission did not incorporate them into the 7–10% salary increase for instructors yet counts them as regular teachers when it comes to deductions.Since the introduction of the new curriculum, these teachers have faced a great deal of difficulty. Schools are struggling with insufficient facilities, unqualified teachers, and unclear rules controlling this new curriculum.The administration must move quickly to address these issues in light of these developments in order to prevent further escalation. The success of our educational system depends on the dedication and commitment of our instructors, and resolving their complaints is crucial to ensuring that our children continue to get high-quality instruction.

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