KNA The ongoing nationwide Teachers Service Commission (TSC) recruitment exercise has seen a massive number of applicants present their academic credentials to TSC offices in search of employment.
Bungoma County in particular has seen over 10,000 teachers apply for the job.
Japheth Kariuki, Bungoma County TSC director while speaking to the press in his office pointed out that there was a massive number of applicants particularly in primary schools slots compared to Secondary schools.
He said that a total of 8,000 teachers had applied for primary slots against 137 vacancies.
“Many applicants applied for the primary option but we only needed 137 teachers to fill the gaps, 12 additional teachers and 116 teachers to replace those who have retired, exited the teaching profession and those who have died,” said Kariuki.
However, Kariuki noted that Bungoma County is in dire need of home science, music and art and design teachers. He added that those who applied for these slots didn’t meet the TSC requirements.
“I am appealing to those who have done home science, music and art and design to submit their papers,” he said, adding that in the secondary slot TSC required 215 teachers and 54 additional teachers for replacement.
Kariuki assured that TSC contacted a fair recruitment since it was done at Sub-county levels giving equal opportunities for all applicants.
He added that there is a different score sheet for people living with disability and if there is a tie they are given a priority.
“TSC has given People living with disability a chance during the entire recruitment exercise, and there is a score sheet designed by TSC on guidelines during recruitment,” he noted.
The director urged teachers who have graduated to go for internship programs since TSC gives them 30 marks compared to those who did not attend an internship.
On Covid-19, Kariuki appealed to teachers to go for the second Covid-19 jab to cushion them against the pandemic. He added that at least 8 teachers have succumbed to Covid-19 pandemic in Bungoma County.