Teachers Service Commission (TSC) secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni says the 11,000 new staff will replace those who have left the service through natural attrition.
It had been widely held that only 7,000 teachers were needed to replace those who had left the classroom, but the extra number indicates that the employment embargo slapped in 1998 may have been lifted.
"Applicants are, therefore, invited from professionally qualified teachers," Mr Lengoiboni
says in a media advertisement appearing in the Sunday Nation tomorrow.
Interested candidates are required to submit their applications, together with photocopies of academic and professional certificates, to district education officers.
They have been given up to July 27 to tender their applications.
District selection panels will select the candidates and forward merit lists to Mr Lengoiboni
by August 13, after ratification by district education boards.
For primary schools, applicants must be qualified teachers holding P1, P2, S1
or diploma in education certificates and be under 45 years.
said preference would be given to those who have not been previously employed by the commission.
will only deal with DEBs in this exercise and no individual application to the commission will be entertained.
According to the guidelines issued by Mr Lengoiboni
, Nyanza Province has been allocated the highest number of slots for new teachers in secondary schools.
ruled out change in combination of subjects designated for schools where the vacancies have been identified.
Selection panels are advised to exercise the highest degree of transparency and accountability as required by the Public Officer Ethics Act.
To ensure no deserving candidate is locked out of the recruitment, Mr Lengoiboni
asks DEBs to prepare a record of all qualified applicants.
"Any candidate with complaints related to the recruitment should write to the local DEO and send a copy of the complaint to the TSC
immediately," Mr Lengoiboni