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TSC urged to award Turkana County more slots in teachers’ recruitment

12 August 2014, 21:10 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Turkana County MP, Joyce Emanikor, has called on the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to allocate the county more employment slots in the advertized nationwide recruitment of 5 000 teachers.

Emanikor said the state of education in her county is pathetic and displays deprivation of basic human rights particularly the shortage of teachers.

“The acute shortage of teachers coupled with lack of classrooms and inadequate food in schools has contributed to lack of access to education, low enrollment and high drop-out rate among other others,” said Emanikor.

She reiterated that the county has 352 primary schools with a total enrollment of 130 380 pupils against a total of 1 431 teachers, which she said the shortfall stands at a rate of 161% or 2 298 teachers who find it difficult to teach a class of over 150 pupils.

“Turkana County loses many teachers to external transfers, retirement and natural attrition without replacement. Within this term alone, 13 teachers died. This is desperate story of education in Turkana,” asserted Emanikor.

“What is happening to children in Turkana is an injustice and a serious violation of the UN Convention on Child Rights, a human rights treaty to which Kenya is a signatory. It is an abuse of the Kenyan Constitution which clearly underscores the supremacy of child rights in Article 53, providing a free compulsory basic education, nutrition, shelter and health among other rights,” she added.

Emanikor appealed on TSC to ensure transferred, retired and teachers who have died are timely replaced, ensure teachers posted in the county work for at least five years before externally transferred, provide motivation such as allowances to teachers in special schools, and fast-tracking the appointment of TSC commissioners to ease services for teachers and pupils in the country.

Emanikor was speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings following the recent media coverage on challenges schools face in Loima Sub-County where children learn under shades and inadequate teachers.

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