Teachers who have volunteered to assist in teaching in junior secondary schools will be rewarded if the Teachers Service Commission answers the Prayers of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).
The transition of teachers to help followed the acute shortage of teachers that occurred after the transition from primary schools.
According to the union, teachers, although paid by the commission, are supposed to be compensated for helping junior high school students, which is not in their mandate.
The commission has previously deployed just over 30,000 teachers to the new schools, with most schools having two teachers.
This has forced some teachers to teach more than seven subjects, making them ineffective in delivering content.
However, in addition to the newly recruited teachers, the commission also sent over 10,000 teachers who were promoted from primary schools.
Teachers applied for promotion after attaining the secondary school teacher qualification.
In addition to the lack of adequate teachers, public junior high schools also face the problems of shortages of books and laboratories.
Every school should have at least built a laboratory to help teach science subjects.
With the government yet to send the capitation money of KSH 15,000 per student, schools will continue to struggle even as critics intensify calls for a return to the old system.