Aspiring JSS teachers should have diplomas, degrees, TSC director says

TSC Bungoma County Director Wilson Koros during an Interview with Education News. Photo by Tony Wafula

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Bungoma County Director Wilson Koros has stated that teachers aspiring to teach Junior Secondary School (JSS) with a C plain in KCSE should have either a Diploma or a Degree in addition to a minimum Grade of C+ and above in the teaching subjects.

Speaking during an interview with Education News in his office on Thursday, Director Koros noted that the Commission had hired 1,208 teachers to JSS but the 724 JSS schools in the county still required more teachers.

He noted that teachers who applied for the positions advertised by the Commission recently will be interviewed soon to fill the vacant positions.

Koros added that teachers currently teaching Class 8 pupils will be retained to teach Grade 1 to Grade 7 pupils.

“All the attention and focus is now at JSS because the Commission wants to ensure that it carries on smoothly,” he said.

The Director lauded serving JSS teachers for working hard despite the shortages being experienced in schools in the region.

“Teachers may not be enough in our schools but the government is doing its best to ensure the schools continue running,” Koros added.

He noted that there is a shortage of 3,958 teachers in secondary schools.

Koros decried surging unrest in secondary schools in the county and called on all education stakeholders to unite and mitigate the menace.

By Tony Wafula

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