Teacher deficits per county: TSC News

Kakamega county has the highest teacher shortage in the country. This is according to the latest data provided by the Teachers Service Commission, TSC. The Western region county, Kakamega, needs about 3,544 more teachers in order to attain its curriculum based establishment (CBE).

Bungoma county, also from the western region, has a shortfall of 2,813 teachers while Bomet county (from the Rift Valley region) requires an extra 2,813 tutors.

Kirinya county (in the central region) has the lowest teacher deficit as it requires only 30 more teachers.

TSC says primary schools currently have a total of 211,046 teachers out of  the required number of 259,219. This gives a shortfall of 48,173 teachers in the whole country.

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Table: Staffing gaps for primary school teachers per county
2 Kakamega county 3,544
7 Bungoma county 2,813
9 Bomet county 2,813
8 West Pokot county 2,489
10 Narok county 2,272
12 Homa Bay county 1,897
13 Turkana county 1,762
14 Kwale county 1,571
15 Migori county 1,495
16 Nandi county 1,441
17 Siaya county 1,438
18 Makueni county 1,398
19 Busia county 1,381
20 Mandera county 1,125
21 Kajiado county 1,000
22 Kisumu county 969
23 Baringo county 907
24 Machakos county 897
25 Kisii county 848
26 Wajir county 847
27 Trans Nzoia county 844
28 Vihiga county 762
29 Kericho county 727
30 Meru county 705
31 Garissa county 687
32 Tana River county 462
33 Marsabit county 460
34 Murang’a county 423
35 Embu county 367
36 Elgeyo Marakwet county 347
37 Tharaka Nithi county 336
38 Nyandarua county 329
39 Nyeri county 321
40 Samburu county 315
3 Laikipia county 241
4 Mombasa county 229
5 Lamu county 113
6 Isiolo county 78
1 Kirinyaga county 30


In terms of percentage shortfalls, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Meru, Laikipia, Isiolo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Embu and Nairobi have the least shortage of teachers. Kakamega, Kitui, Bungoma and Nakuru have the highest percentage shortfalls.

Dr. Nancy Macharia the TSC CEO. She says the country is faced with a shortfall of about 50,000 primary school teachers.
Dr. Nancy Macharia the TSC CEO. She says the country is faced with a shortfall of about 50,000 primary school teachers.

The commission says it has become difficult to address the teething gaps due to budgetary constraints. The commission has since started employing teachers on internships (alongside those on permanent and pensionable terms) to try and address the shortages. This is because lesser funds are required to enlist teachers’ services under the internship programme as opposed to the permanent and pensionable terms. The redeployment of teachers from primary to secondary schools has further created staffing gaps in the primary schools.

The commission uses set recruitment guidelines to ensure fairness during the process of employing new teachers. read the latest guidelines here; TSC Teachers’ mass recruitment guidelines and marking scheme.

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