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TSC Begins Process Of Posting Successful Interns To Schools in January

TSC Begins Process Of Posting Successful Interns To Schools in January

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has begun the process of assigning 1,995 successful intern teachers to schools in early January 2022.

Despite having to wait a long time, successful intern teachers will soon be assigned to their new schools when term three begins.

In September 2021, the Commission advertised 1,995 teacher internship positions, with 1,038 going to primary schools and 957 going to secondary schools.

TSC stated that the intern teacher recruitment was in support of the government’s initiative to develop a pool of young talents for the Kenyan labour market.

TSC may also hire more teachers after the Education Ministry recommended a Sh15 billion increase in its annual budget.

According to the Draft 2022 Budget Policy Statement (a roadmap for the fiscal year 2022-23), the document proposes an increase from Sh281.7 billion to Sh296.6 billion, a Sh14.9 billion increase.

The increased funding under the Teacher Resource Management Act indicates that the commission intends to hire more teachers and pay raises to teachers’ salaries.

“TSC is determined to see that teachers are properly staffed. It is working with the Ministry of Education to ensure enough teachers are provided by recruiting 5,000 teachers every year and also by engaging intern teachers,” reads a section of the policy.

The TSC Internship program is a one-year short-term program that supports teacher training institutions’ efforts to equip and sustain the competencies of new teachers.

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Interns in primary schools are paid Kshs. 15,000/= per month, while those in secondary schools are paid Kshs. 20,000/=.

The hiring of intern teachers is intended to address the severe teacher shortage in schools.

TSC also extended internships for 4,005 teachers whose one-year contracts were set to expire in December 2021.

The Commission had stated that it intended to hire at least 6,000 intern teachers by December 2021.

According to TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia, the additional employees will relieve teachers’ workload as enrollment grows, especially given the government’s policy of 100% transition from primary to secondary school.

Macharia stated that the Commission will spend kshs 1.2 billion on the recruitment of 6,000 teachers on internships.

She stated that the TSC is more concerned with the increased workload caused by the 100% transition policy and praised the government for allocating more funds for teacher recruitment.

“We appreciate the government for allocating TSC funds annually for the recruitment of additional teachers since the 100 per cent transition programme was launched,” said Nancy Macharia.

However, only 2,000 of the 6,000 internship positions will go to primary schools, with the remaining 4,000 going to secondary schools.

TSC hired 12,000 intern teachers last year as part of the Covid-19 economic stimulus package, which cost Sh2.4 billion.

TSC highlighted the following requirements for internship eligibility during the recruitment process.

TSC JOB Internship Requirements

a) Be a Kenyan national;

b) Must be a Teachers Service Commission-registered teacher.

c) Have a P1 Certificate for Primary Schools and a Diploma in Education Certificate for Secondary Schools.

d) Possess original academic and professional credentials;

e) Should not have previously worked for the Commission as a teacher on a permanent basis.

f) Must not have previously served as a teacher intern through the TSC (teacher) Internship Programme.

g) Be prepared to be assigned to any Kenyan public educational institution;

h) Must have Personal Accident Insurance to cover personal risks while on internship.

In addition to the foregoing, successful applicants will be required to submit;

a) A photocopy of your National Identity Card (ID) or Passport Certificate;

b) A copy of the Teacher Registration Certificate or a printout from the TSC portal proving teacher registration;

c) A copy of the NCPWD card (if applicable);

d) A current Good Conduct Certificate;

e) Two (2) passport-sized coloured photographs;

f) A duplicate of the NHIF card;

g) A duplicate of the KRA PIN.

According to data from the commission as of 2018, 28,843 teachers had been hired, with 8,390 working in primary schools and 20,453 working in secondary schools.

The commission estimated a teacher shortage of 97,826 (36,155 in primary and 61,671 in secondary) this year, 97,214 (35,543 in primary and 61,671 in secondary) and 96,612 (34,941 primary and 61,671 secondary) in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

According to the Economic Survey Report, the Gross Enrollment Rate in primary schools increased from 104.4 per cent in 2018 to 100.2 per cent in 2019 before declining to 99.6 per cent in 2020.

The number of special needs students enrolled increased from 121,392 in 2018-19 to 136,081 in 2019-20 before falling to 132,466 in 2020-21.

In 2020-21, 8,592,810 students will be enrolled in the free primary education program.

The enrollment in public secondary schools increased from 2,954,330 in 2018-19 to 3,289,885 in 2020-21.

The secondary enrollment rate increased from 70.3 per cent in 2018 to 71.2 per cent in 2019.

The commission has been allocated Sh1.1 billion for governance and standards, up from Sh1 billion in the current fiscal year.

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The increase was due to current expenses such as Teacher Performance and Appraisal Development and Competency-Based Curriculum training for teachers, among other things.

The education sector has been allocated Sh525.9 billion, Sh539.9 billion, and Sh558.4 billion in the fiscal years 2022/23, 2023/24, and 2024/25, respectively, by the BPS.

TSC Begins Process Of Posting Successful Interns To Schools in January

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