The Teachers Service Commission wants to employ 4,000 more intern teachers to meet the targeted 6,000 interns in January.
Early in July the commission had announced its intention to recruit 6,000 teachers on internship contract.
The government plan to cushion youths saw 2,000 teachers being recruited.
The Commision will now seek to counter the deficiency by announcing more vacancies.
This news comes a time when hundreds of thousands of jobless teachers are now scrambling for limited internship openings as TSC had made it the only sure route to clinching permanent jobs.
During the last advert on employment,unemployed teachers are were locked in stiff competition for the 1038 internship vacancies that were announced in primary schools and 957 for secondary schools when interviews are called in the latest recruitment drive.
The application window closed on Monday last week, and TSC officials in the counties are currently compiling the merit lists that will be used for shortlisting interviewees.
The reliable sources indicated that the number of applications was “huge”, even though educationtrends media could not immediately establish the number of letters received as the process was finalised.
There are more than 300,000 trained but jobless teachers in the country while the shortfall of tutors is estimated at about 100,000.
High interest has been expressed in the internship programme contrasts sharply from the first time it was introduced in 2019 to on board. 10,000 jobless teachers, when majority of them gave it a wide berth.
This is mostly because of the miserly monthly stipend of Sh10, 000 and Sh15,000 for interns in primary and secondary schools respectively.
This amount has since been increased to Sh15,000 and Sh20,000.
It should be noted that the main attraction for jobless graduates is the 30 percent automatic marks that interns are awarded during recruitment for permanent employment.
This internship programme was introduced in order to address the severe teacher shortage in schools.
All the intern recruited will report to schools in January, when they open for third term.
The teachers service commission has been employing 5,000 teachers every year but this has not eased the shortage following the implementation of the 100 percent transition from primary to secondary schools.
As perto the scoring sheet for interns, the TSC will award marks based on the quality of their degrees or certificates and also the length of stay without employment since graduation.