Teachers Service Commission announced that they would be promoting up to 20,000 teachers.
Some of the teachers set to benefit are those in job groups L, M and N but who have stagnated in their positions for many years.
TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia said thousands of teachers who have been in administrative positions but in acting capacities will be confirmed after undergoing interviews.
Thousands others who have remained classroom teachers despite their job groups being classified under administration will be promoted.
They include senior teachers, deputy principals and principals. The total number of teachers in secondary schools and colleges currently stands at 100,000.
Appearing before the National Assembly’s Education Committee, chaired by Tinderet MP Julius Melly, Mrs Macharia confirmed that the teachers will be promoted after competitive interviews.
“We will be placing an advert in the local dailies for vacancies and teachers who are qualified will be free to apply,” said Mrs Macharia.
She said most the teachers got the administrative positions due to the signing of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) of 2017-2021.
Whereas the TSC boss declined to give the exact number of teachers to be promoted, Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (Kuppet) chairman Omboko Milemba put the number of teachers in the three job groups at more than 20,000.
“We have teachers who have served in one grade for close to 15 years. We cannot allow this to continue,” said Mr Sossion.
He said the Code of Regulations for Teachers (CORT) was enacted pursuant to section 47(2) of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Act and they were gazetted in September 2015, providing for teachers’ promotions.