Turkana faces 2,000 teacher shortage



Concern has been raised over the shortage of teachers in Turkana County which could negatively impact on this year’s national examinations. During a press briefing in his office recently, the Teachers Service Commission director in Turkana County Mr Adow Bardad said the county required about 2,000 more primary teachers. He pointed out that the county had only 1,432 teachers in 352 primary schools, where one teacher currently handles an average of 50 pupils. Areas worst affected by teacher shortage include Loima, Kerio and Kibish because of insecurity and its vastness. Mr Bardad said most teachers tend to refuse to be deployed in those areas because of distance from their families. Those declining the opportunity to work in some schools in Turkana County have also cited geographical complexity of the area as another factor affecting performance. Roads connecting the schools are impassible. Mr Bardad further explained that 23 teachers who contributed to last year’s outstanding performance that put the
county at position 19 and rated among the most improved counties nationally have already acquired greener pastures with the county government. Three of the teachers have acquired top executive positions in the county. The TSC county boss however said that there was a planned replacement of teachers in September 2014 and that 15 teachers would be posted to Loima Sub-County. “I urge the community to support teachers who will be deployed here. I request the national government to intervene and give a new face to Turkana County and other semi-arid areas by recruiting more teachers in order fill the gap,” he added.

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