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Unemployed teachers flock to TSC offices

17 July 2013, 18:01 James Kabotia

Hundreds of unemployed trained teachers in Kirinyaga County flocked to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) offices in Kerugoya town for registration.

The teachers, most of whom are from various private schools in the County, were seen registering to take over the positions advertized by TSC after striking teachers refused to return to work.

According to Kirinyaga County TSC director Jastina Kianga, a total of 65 primary school teachers and four secondary school teachers had registered by 10.00 am Wednesday with long queues of the potential candidates being witnessed.

Briefing the press in her office, the Director said the number of teachers who have registered so far is impressive pointing that she expects the number to grow tremendously before the end of day.

“We have registered impressive numbers of teachers who have good papers to take the positions left by striking teachers. I’m optimistic by the end of day we will have about 200 teachers,” She noted.

Kianga said that her office has set a special desk to register the new recruits after the number grew tremendously this morning.

She noted that the forms filled by the potential candidates will later be returned to the TSC staffing officer.

The Director also revealed that learning in all secondary schools within Kirinyaga County has resumed after teachers reported back to work.

She said that only 127 secondary school teachers were yet to report back to school in the whole County.

“So far, almost our entire teaching fraternity in secondary schools is back in class. I can confirm a total of 1 335 teachers out of 1 362 in the TSC employment record have resumed their duties and are working normally,” She revealed.

However, she explained that only 65 teachers in primary schools had reported back to class with many of them keeping off classes.

“Kirinyaga County has 2 728 primary school teachers and most of them have defied government's order to resume duty,” She revealed.

Kianga said that her officers are on the ground monitoring the situation in various schools within the County pointing that the situation is normal especially in secondary schools.

She pointed that the strike which is in its fourth week was fizzling out in the County.

"The message we are getting from the field is that many primary teachers are prepared to go back to school," She noted.

Meawhile, Teachers Service Commission has continued to receive myriads of applications from the unemployed but qualified teachers seeking to replace the striking teachers who have ignored the directive to resume work.

A spot check by the media in TSC Nyeri offices Tuesday revealed that there were long queues of interested teachers who were waiting to be registered.

They were submitting their applications with the hope that they will sail through.

While contacted, TSC County Director Kinoti Imanyara said that they have received a lot of applications from unemployed teachers from all the six constituencies, adding that the number is expected to rise.

The TSC has employed 278 000 teachers countrywide.

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