Big win as State allocates KSh13.4 billion to hire JSS intern teachers on permanent terms

JSS teachers and union officials protesting in Kabarnet town

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u has been allocated KSh13.4 billion in the 2024-25 budget to employ Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers on Permanent and Pensionable terms.

The 46,000 teachers who were hired on contract as interns have been protesting across the country since the beginning of the second term seeking permanent and pensionable employment.

Education sector has been allocated KSh656.6 billion representing 27.6 per cent total budget KSh3.92 trillion with TSC receiving the lion’s share of KSh358.2 billion followed by KSh142.3 billion for Basic Education then Higher Education and Research received KSh128 billion and KSh30.7 billion was allocated for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

TSC while appearing before Education Committee in The National Assembly in mid-May quoted a higher amount to be able to employ all 46,000 interns. The teachers’ employer told MPs it would cost KSh8.3 billion to confirm the 26,000 teachers into permanent terms.


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Also, according to approximations by the Commission, it would cost the taxpayers KSh30 billion to hire all 46,000 interns into permanent terms by July 1, 2024.

Treasury proposed KSh9.1 billion for free primary education, KSh61.9 billion for free day secondary education, KSh5 billion for exam fee waiver and KSh30.7 billion for Junior Secondary School capitation.

TSC had issuedthe protesting interns show-cause letters, after which it moved to sack some of them. TSC sacked 742 interns in relation to the protests.

By our reporter

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