State allocates Sh13.4 billion to recruit JSS trainee teachers

State allocates Sh13.4 billion to recruit JSS trainee teachers

Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers have cause for celebration following a proposal to change their employment contracts to permanent and pensionable ones following their dismissal by the Teaching Services Commission.

Thousands of JSS contract teachers were sacked by the Teaching Services Commission (TSC) two days after calling off their strike, with the commission citing absconding from their duties as the reason for the termination of their contracts.

Reading the budget statement on Thursday afternoon, Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Njuguna Ndung’u proposed an allocation of Sh13.4 billion to recruit 46,000 JSS interns.

“Mr Speaker, I have proposed an allocation of Sh13.4 billion for the conversion of 46,000 secondary school trainees to permanent and pensionable terms,” ​​Professor Ndung’u said at Parliament Buildings.

JSS trainee teachers went on strike in May when schools reopened for the second semester.

Teachers who demanded permanent, pensionable employment were assured they would be absorbed in the next financial year and signed a return to work formula in early June, ending a three-week strike.

On May 22, TSC sent show-cause letters to protesting teachers who had absconded from duty. They were asked to submit their responses within two weeks.

The TSC noted, when addressing the issue of the dismissal of teachers who participated in the strike, that it has up to 46,000 teachers contracted to carry out internships throughout the country.

CS Ndung’u’s proposal will see the 46,000 JSS teachers absorbed as permanent workers in various schools.

The education agenda received an allocation of Sh656.6 billion or 27.6 percent of total expenditure.