Teachers Service Commission TSC Kenya Latest News 2023-2024
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A Monthly Publication of the Teachers Service Commission
Issue No 9, June 2022
TSC Begins Interviews to Recruit 14,000 Teachers
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has kicked off the recruitment process of a total of 14,460 teachers to help plug the staff shortage in public primary and post primary learning institutions.
The TSC has uploaded the details of the shortlisted candidates for positions in secondary schools and special needs institutions on its website.
The move is a first for the Commission, signalling its commitment to enhance transparency during the recruitment process. Currently, vetting of the applicants’ documents and interviews have started in the counties and successful applicants will be employed as per the roadmap posted on TSC website.
The new teachers will also help to steer the 100 percent transition policy, according to TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr Nancy Macharia.
In a media advertisement, Dr Macharia said 5,000 teachers will be posted to public primary, secondary and training institutions on permanent and pensionable terms of service. Secondary schools will get 3,972 teachers while 1,000 will be posted to primary schools and 28 to teacher training colleges.
“Successful candidates will be posted to serve in any part of the country and not necessarily in the county or school where they were interviewed,” Dr Macharia said.
Merit lists generated during the recruitment for both primary and post primary institutions will be used in subsequent recruitment processes within the financial year, the statement read.
To further ease the burden and improve learning standards, the TSC said it will replace 8,230 teachers who left the service through natural attrition. Of these, 6,539 teachers will be posted to primary and 1,691 to secondary schools.
The announcement was a positive step towards addressing the deficit of more than 100,000 teachers facing primary and post primary institutions nationwide.
Dr Macharia recently said the government was committed to ensure there were enough teachers to handle the huge number of learners joining secondary schools.
She added that priority will be given to sub-county secondary schools, which admit the bulk of learners.
It is our determination as a Commission to ensure that the
100 per cent transition policy succeeds to guarantee all children their basic right to education,” said Dr Macharia. The Commission also plans to employ 844 teachers – 764 in primary and 80 in secondary schools – on permanent and pensionable terms in Garissa, Wajir and Mandera counties.
Interviews Ongoing to Recruit 14,000 New Teachers
The Commission also intends to hire 386 teachers on contract in the hard to staff areas. Primary schools will receive 114 teachers and secondary schools 272.
According to the TSC guidelines, eligible candidates must be Kenyans and registered with the Commission.
Applicants seeking to teach in primary schools must possess a P1 certificate and those applying for positions in secondary and technical colleges should have a minimum of a diploma and Bachelor’s degree in Education, respectively. The recruitment process is free of charge, the TSC said, cautioning candidates against falling victim to fraudsters.
TSC Scoops Award for Improving Performance Standards
The Teachers Service Commission’s reforms agenda has received a shot in the arm after the Commission was recognised for championing service delivery innovation.
The TSC was awarded for the transformative Online Teacher Performance Appraisal Development (TPAD) and Performance Contract for Head Teachers.
The TSC emerged Position Two under the Entrenching Performance Contracting category during the Africa Public Service Day that was marked from June 21-23, 2022 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, under the theme ‘Celebrating Public Service Transformation: Ten Years Journey and Beyond’.
The TPAD is a performance evaluation mechanism that
hosts appraisal forms, performance contracting for heads of institution and the Teacher Professional Development. According to a status report on TPAD from TSC Quality Assurance and Standards Directorate, more than 93% completed the appraisal forms by the end of Term 3 in April, compared to 87% by the end of Term 2 and 86% by the end of the first term. By the end of the third term, 341,760 teachers completed the forms, an increase of 4,917 teachers. TPAD allows teachers to fill and submit appraisals online, which reduces the time and cost spent on carrying out the exercise.
The event complements the government’s efforts towards improving administrative systems for efficient service delivery and economic growth in line with development blueprint Vision 2030 and Big 4 Agenda. It also provides an opportunity for public servants to promote values such as professionalism, accountability, responsiveness and ethics.
Teachers to Reap Benefits of Wellness Programme
Teachers’ medical scheme administrator AON Minet has rolled out a programme aimed at improving the physical, mental and social well-being of staff.
The initiative, TSC Wellness Programme, was launched in May 2022 following a two-day webinar organised by Minet, in collaboration with the Commission.
The initiative targets to reduce hospitalisation by managing diseases and offering psychosocial support to members.
Through the Chronic Disease Management Programme, beneficiaries will have access to various services during free medical camps and virtual sensitisation sessions.
“CDM programmes are proactive and can support patients with illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, and depression,” Minet said in a statement.
TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia recently reaffirmed that the Commission will continue championing for better healthcare for teachers. Dr Macharia particularly asked all the teachers to take advantage of the COVID-19 cover to protect themselves and their families. She praised Minet for being the first scheme to cover the COVID-19-related ailments.
At least 1,000 teachers and their loved ones have been admitted to various hospitals over serious COVID-19-related ailments since the first case of the pandemic was received in March 2021. To enroll in the programme, teachers should register by logging into the company’s website via this link – https://collaborationkenya.minet.com/TSC.