Some 167 teachers have joined the teaching fraternity in Kiambu County following the reopening of schools.
The enthusiastic teachers were enlisted on Friday at Kiambu Township Primary School and joined the profession as PI teachers.
Kiambu County Teachers Service Commission deputy director Ms. Faith Karimi told KNA during the day long exercise that the tutors would be deployed to schools hit by a cute shortage of staff due to mainly natural attrition and resigning to engage in other activities.
“The people we have here are teachers who were interviewed after they applied and were shortlisted in an exercise which was done on-line,” she noted.
She stated that applicants had followed up the online process and presented themselves for interview at the appropriate time and location culminating in their employment.
Asked about the gender balance, Ms. Karimi said men were disadvantaged as very few of them expressed interest in the advertised teaching job.
A spot check by KNA around the schools in Kiambu especially in those in town centres revealed a serious shortage of male teachers.
According to a survey conducted when learning resumed this term, Kiambu township has a paltry male teachers with the bulk being women. For instance out of 23 teachers at Riara Primary School only three are men while out of 24 teachers at Kiambaa Primary, 15 are women.
By Lydia Shiloya