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President Ruto asks intern teachers to be patient as he seeks money to confirm them into permanent terms

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President William Ruto has announced that earlier planned conversion of 46,000 junior secondary school intern teachers into permanent terms is on course.

The President said on Friday that despite the fall of the Finance Bill, 2024 which was meant to cater for the 2024/2025 budget shortfall, the government will look for ways of raising money to hire them.

However, the intern teachers could wait longer in the push for better pay and permanent job terms after President Willliam Ruto on Friday called for their patience to source funding for their employment.

Initially, the Ruto administration had set aside Sh18.3 billion to hire intern teachers.

The fall of the bill had created a budget hole of Sh346 billion but Ruto said the government would not borrow the whole amount but Sh169 billion.

Addressing the nation from State House, Ruto said the government will rationalise its budget to accommodate the teachers as promised.

The President said that since the Finance Bill was rejected, the government has since consulted extensively to strike a middle ground between borrowing money and striking austerity measures.


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