TSC interviews set to begin as 350,000 eyes 6000 vacancies
More than 350,000 jobless teachers are eying for 9,000 teaching jobs that were advertised by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
In still another sign of the high state of joblessness in the country, these teachers will now battle it out in interviews that are set to begin from the 22nd of July and end on July 28.
TSC interviews will be conducted by interview panels that will be spread across the nation and led by the commission’s County directors, Board of Management (BOM) chairs, education specialists and school principals.
TSC is facing criticism over its decision to award intern teachers under program higher chances of securing the jobs by awarding them an advantage of 30 points.
At the same time, points to be awarded from unemployed teachers who have graduated from colleges were lowered from 50 to 25 per cent as per the recruitment guidelines issued by the Teachers Service Commission.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) announced its plan to recruit and promote over 10,000 teachers. TSC said it is recruiting 5,000 secondary school teachers and an additional 1,000 for primary schools.
Hired teachers will serve on permanent and pensionable terms of service.
TSC Commission Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nancy Macharia said that the additional teachers will help the government achieve its policy on 100 per cent transition of pupils from primary to secondary schools.
An additional 2,987 teachers are also being hired to replace those who exited secondary school teaching service either through natural attrition or retirement. For primary schools, only 927 teachers will be hired to replace those who exited teaching service.
The National Treasury allocated Ksh2.5 billion towards the recruitment of new teachers. TSC says it needs about 100,000 teachers to fill the staffing gaps and take care of increased enrolments.
In a July report tabled in Parliament before the reopening of schools, TSC boss Nancy Macharia stated that the commission urgently needed Sh17 billion to hire 26,000 teachers to manage increased enrolment under the 100 per cent transition.
TSC also said it required an extra Sh8.1 billion yearly to hire 12,500 teachers to fill the normal shortage. “Under normal staffing, the commission needed 50,504 teachers to support the existing staff establishment,” Macharia told MPs.
TSC however says that only 6,000 new teachers will be recruited this month. 1,000 qualified primary school teachers will be promoted to secondary schools.
“Successful candidates under this category shall be appointed at T-Scale 7, Grade C2 under the Career Progression Guidelines for Teachers and shall be deployed to secondary schools where vacancies exist.”
Early this year, the commission hired 12,000 interns under the Covid-19 economic stimulus package. Interns were recruited for Sh2.4 billion, were part of the broad plan to take the pressure off teachers, who were overstretched due to the new realities occasioned by Covid-19.
Under the TSC score guidelines, teachers with a Masters degree, and first-class honours bachelor’s degree who graduated in the year 2015 or earlier and are registered with the commission will gain a massive boost in the recruitment exercise.
The above category of teachers together with candidates who will provide evidence of internship will stand the best chances of getting employed with the commission.
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