, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18- A call by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for 10,030 Secondary and Primary intern teachers has attracted more than 100,000 applicants, demonstrating the high levels of unemployment in the country.
In 11 days since the commission advertised for the positions, some 97,736 candidates have applied for internship positions at the Secondary school level while 5,182 others are seeking slots at the primary school level.
The high number of applicants for the interns’ positions through the online portal was too intense that it crushed the commission’s system.
The commission, however, said it had increased the capacity of the system and even extended the deadline by a day, to next week on Thursday.
In a statement, the commission urged interested applicants to take advantage of the remaining 7 days, while assuring them that the process of recruitment will be fair and transparent.
“Applicants can seek assistance through TSC Help line on 0202892050/020289 2052,” TSC said.
A 2018 survey by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that some 7 million Kenyans are unemployed with 1.4 million out of this figure desperately looking for jobs.
The figures are believed to have increased as institutions of higher learning continue to release more graduates to the job market- but many remains tarmacking in the streets.
It is a grim reality that comes at a time when President Uhuru Kenyatta is on the spot for his ‘love’ for older people who have benefited with state appointments lately.
The recent outcry was occasioned by the appointment of former Othaya legislator Mary Wambui as the Chairperson of the National Employment Authority (NEA)- a position Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja wants her to reject.
The authority’s mission is to “To formulate and implement employment policies and programmes for creation of sustainable employment for all Kenyans.”