At least 17,000 practicing primary school teachers with degrees and diplomas would be sent to junior high schools by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) (JSS).

These are instructors who attended accredited colleges, completed a secondary choice diploma or degree program, and had their certifications officially recognized by the TSC.

These elementary school teachers will be used by the Commission to instruct classes for grades 7, 8, and 9 the following year.

This month, TSC will also hire more secondary school instructors with degrees and diplomas to assist with teaching grades 7, 8, and 9.

It was decided at a State House meeting that because the JSS curriculum is secondary, priority will be given to unemployed teachers who are qualified to teach in secondary schools when hiring the 30,000 teachers.

These are educators with a bachelor’s degree or a diploma in education. By January 2023, TSC intends to hire 30,000 new teachers.

Additionally, it has been suggested that TSC engage diploma holders from TVET universities to instruct the pre-tech courses that are given in Grades 7, 8, and 9.

TSC is anticipated to post job openings for instructors this month so that they can report on January 23, 2023, when classes begin.

It was also decided at the meeting that although JSS students will be housed in elementary schools, the curriculum is primarily intended for secondary education.

“JSS is secondary, only that they will share a compound with the primary school. It will have its own teachers and later even its own principal, when properly constituted,” a source said.

60,000 secondary school teachers have already received competency-based curriculum training (CBC). In May of this year, junior secondary teachers underwent training.

Teachers who will teach junior secondary classes the next year will receive new training from TSC.

The Commission aims to prepare educators in disciplines like languages, math, the humanities, and technical fields.

These topics and areas presented in the junior secondary school part will be covered in the training of Grade 7 teachers.

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