Guidelines for recruiting high school intern teachers Sep 2021

Guidelines for recruiting high school intern teachers Sep 2021



(a)      Following the advertisement for recruitment of teacher interns, Boards of Management are required to conduct the selection exercise for the advertised vacancy (ies) in their institutions.

(b)      Applicants will be required to submit their applications to the Secretary Teachers Service Commission online through for the institution where a vacancy has been declared.

(c)      The Selection Panel is required to exercise the highest degree of transparency and accountability, as stipulated in the Public  Officers Ethics Act, and TSC Code of Conduct   and Ethics (CoCE, 2015).      

The TSC County Director or his/her representative will induct the panel members on the relevant sections of the Act and Code of Regulations for Teachers (CORT, 2015) before the commencement of the selection exercise.

(d)      The TSC County Director MUST ensure that the recruitment process is done in strict adherence to the laid down protocols by the Ministry of Health on containment of COVID- 19 pandemic.

(e)      TSC County Director MUST ensure that venues for interviews are accessible to applicants with special needs.

(f)        All  applicants MUST be registered teachers as per Section 23(l) of the Teachers Service Commission Act, 2012. Applicants who are not duly registered shall not be considered for recruitment.

(g)      TSC County Directors MUST ensure that Heads of Institutions confirm online registration status of the applicants to avoid engaging unregistered/deregistered teachers.

(h)      Applicants who apply for confirmation of results from KNEC should give the address  of  the TSC County Director of the County where they applied for recruitment. It is their responsibility to ensure that the results are received for consideration during the verification of the academic certificates.

()        Applicants whose names differ in the academic and professional certificates and/or identification cards MUST present a sworn Affidavit to explain the variance in names.

()        Applicants who re-sat either KCPE or KCSE examinations (or their equivalents) MUST present certified copies of the certificate(s) of the national examination(s) in question for all the attempts.

(k)       System generated Merit List will be prepared by the TSC County Director. TSC County Director shall distribute the Lists to the TSC Sub-County Directors and Heads of Institutions. Heads of Institutions shall use the Merit Lists for the interviews in consultation with the respective TSC Sub-County Directors.

(I)        Upon invitation for interview, applicants shall be required to present the originals and clear copies of the following documents:-

i) National identification card;

ii) Certificate of Registration as a teacher;

iii) Diploma/Degree certificate and official transcripts;

iv) KCSE certificates or its equivalent (include certificates for attempts if one re-sat exams);

v) KCPE certificate or its equivalent (include certificates for attempts if one re-sat exams);

vi) Primary and Secondary School leaving certificates and other relevant testimonials;

vii) National Council of Persons with Disability (NCPWD) Card (where applicable);

viii) Sworn Affidavit where names appearing on the submitted documents differ;

ix) Proof of payment for the Statement of confirmation of results by KNEC (where applicable);

(m)      The date, venue and time of the interview will be displayed at the Commission’s County, Sub-County, Zonal and Institutional offices.

(n)      Heads of Institutions will communicate to all shortlisted applicants through SMS (Short Message Service) at least seven (7) days before the actual date of interview.

This MUST be strictly observed to ensure that all applicants are notified of the date, venue and time of the interview.

(o)       All applicants, irrespective of gender, disability, ethnicity or Home County shall be given equal opportunities.

(p)      In the event of a tie, consideration for selection will be determined as per the order of priority shown hereunder:

i)     Applicants’ disability status;

ii)    Length of stay since graduating as a teacher;

iii)   Length of stay since registering as a teacher;

iv)  Strength of academic and professional certificates presented.

N/B: If applicants tie at aggregate grades, subject grades shall be considered.

(q)      The names of interviewed applicants ranked in order of performance in the selection process for each vacancy (Appendix iii) shall be submitted to the Commission by the TSC County Director together with duly signed copies of Internship Agreement and Offer of Internship letter.

(r)        Applicants who were previously employed by the Commission are not eligible for the internship programme.


Applicants must present original and legible photocopies of the following documents:-

i) National identification card;

ii) Certificate of Registration as a teacher;

iii) Diploma/Degree certificate and accompanying transcripts;

iv)  KCSE certificates or its equivalent (include certificates for attempts if one re-sat exams);

v) KCPE certificate or its equivalent (include certificates for attempts if one re-sat exams);

vi) Proof of payment for the Statement of confirmation of results by KNEC (where applicable);

vii) Primary and Secondary School leaving certificates and other relevant testimonials;

viii) National Council of Persons with Disability (NCPWD) Card (where applicable);

ix)  Sworn Affidavit where names appearing on the submitted documents differ.

NBProvisional transcript(s) shall not be accepted.

(a) The selection  panel shall verify that:-

(i)        The applicant meets the requirements stipulated in the TSC advertisement;

(ii)        All submitted original academic and professional certificates, as well as official transcripts are authentic.

(b) The  Secretary, Board of Management shall certify photocopies of the certificates and confirm to the Sub-County Director that they are true copies of the candidate’s original academic and professional certificates.

(c)   Once the interview process is completed, the results will be communicated to all applicants on the same day. Successful applicant(s) documents shall be forwarded to the TSC County Director’s office for further vetting before the signing of the Internship Agreement and  issuance of Offer of Internship letter.

(d)   It is the responsibility of the TSC County Director/Representative to ensure that the:-

(i)    Exercise is fair and transparent;

(ii)   Successful applicant(s) on the Merit List are invited to sign the Internship Agreement and issued with Offer of Internship letter.

(e)    All the relevant documents shall be submitted to the TSC County Director’s office by the TSC Sub-County Director. The TSC County Director, upon verification and ensuring that all the requirements are met by the  successful candidates, shall submit the recruitment documents to the TSC Headquarters within the stipulated timelines.

(h)       Any applicant(s) who present forged/fake academic, professional and other documents commit(s) an offence and shall  be disqualified and/or deregistered.


( a)      Chairperson, Board of Management (Chairperson)

(b)       Head of the  Institution (Secretary)

(c)       Subject Specialist (Member)

(d)      TSC County Director/ Representative (Member)



( a)      TSC County Director/ Representative (Member) (Chairperson)

(b)       Head of the Institution (Secretary)

(c)       Subject Specialist (Member)

(d)      PA Chairperson (Member)


N/B: The TSC County Director shall ensure that the Selection Panel is well sensitized to conduct the interview within the COVID-19 containment measures as set by the Ministry of Health.


( a)     The Secretary, Board of Management shall provide to the selection panel a system generated list of all applicants as received from the TSC County Director.

(b)     The selection panel shall interview only those who meet the set criteria. The TSC County Director should note any inconsistency (ies), adhere to the guidelines and guide the applicants /selection  panel and  the Commission accordingly.

( c)     Applicants shall appear in person before the selection panel. The selection panel shall score each applicant based on the selection score guide (Appendices 1 (a) or 1 (b))

NB. An applicant with special need related to hearing and/or speech shall be allowed the company of a sign language interpreter.


1.        Graduate Teacher Interns

Applicants must have a minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) at KCSE and C+ (plus) in each of the two teaching subjects or two (2) Principles and one (1) Subsidiary pass at  ‘A’ Level.   

In addition, they must have:

(a) A Bachelor of Education Degree with two (2) teaching subjects.

(b) A Bachelor of Science or Arts Degree plus a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with two teaching subjects.

(c) Bachelor of Science with Education/Bachelor of Arts with Education with two teaching subjects.

(d) Bachelor of Science in Agricultural  Education and Extension with two teaching subjects.


Applicants with the following qualifications are also eligible;

i)      Bachelor of Education holders with Mean Grade of C (Plain) and C (Plain) in the two teaching subjects at KCSE and have undertaken a Diploma in Education.

ii)    Bachelor of Education holders with Mean Grade of C (Plain) and C (Plain) in the two teaching subjects at KCSE and went through the A-Level system in the relevant area(s).

ii)   Bachelor of Education holders with Mean Grade of C (Plain) and C (Plain) in the two teaching subjects at KCSE and undertook a bridging/pre-university certificate course before December 315, 2015.

2.    Diploma Teacher Interns                                                                                                  Applicants must have a minimum Mean Grade of C+ (Plus) at KCSE or its equivalent with at least C+ (Plus) (or Credit pass) in the two teaching subjects or one (1) Principle and two (2) Subsidiaries  at  ‘A’-Level.  

In addition, they must  have:

a Diploma in Education from a recognized Teacher Training Institution.

NB:a)Diploma Teacher Interns who graduated  in 2008 or before with a Mean  Grade  of C (Plain) and C (Plain) in the two teaching Subjects are eligible;
 b)Hearing and Visually  impaired  teachers who enrolled for training with Mean  Grade of C (Plain) and C (Plain) in the two teaching subjects are eligible.

3.        Technical Teacher Interns

Applicants must have a minimum Mean Grade of C+ (Plus) at KCSE or it; equivalent with at least C+ (Plus) (or Credit Pass) in the two teaching subjects or one (1)  Principle and two (2) Subsidiaries at ‘A’-Level.  

In addition, they must have:

(a)    Bachelor of Education Technology (Bed TECH); OR

(b)    (i)  Bachelor of Science (BSc) in any relevant technical Subject (s) /Course; or

(ii)  Higher Diploma in a technical course; or

(iii)  A Diploma in a technical course.

Further, applicants under category (b) above MUST possess a Diploma in Technical Teacher Education from Kenya Technical Trainers College (KTTC), previously known as Kenya Technical Teachers College or a Post  Graduate  Diploma in Education (PGDE) from a recognized University.


1)        Applicants whose  training is in  subjects  that are currently not in the Curriculum do not qualify, irrespective of their having undertaken a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE} and/or enhancement. This category includes but not limited to Bachelor of Science /Bachelor of Arts in:

Natural Resources



Animal Husbandry


Farm Machinery




Theology/ Divinity

Journalism etc

2)      Applicants with Economics/Commerce/Accounting can apply for Business Studies

3)      Applicants with Social Education and Ethics (SEE) can apply for CRE/IRE/HRE vacancies.

4)     Diploma Teachers with English/other subjects qualify for employment as teachers of English/Literature on condition that they have adequate units in both Language and Literature.

5)    All applicants must  have studied the two teaching subjects at KCSE except for Agriculture, Business Studies, Home Science, and Computer Studies. For those who did not study Business Studies and Computer Studies, one should have attained a minimum of C+ (Plus) in Mathematics at KCSE. For those who did not study Agriculture and Home Science, one should have attained a minimum of C+ in Biology at KCSE.

Applicants who studied Home Science at secondary school level and have undertaken  a course on any component of the secondary school Home Science curriculum (Clothing & Textiles, Foods & Beverages and Home Management) may be considered for the subject.

6)     Graduate Teacher Interns should have  studied a minimum of eight (8) course units in each teaching subject. In addition, the teachers must have studied Special Methods  in their two teaching subjects of choice together with a minimum  of three (3) months teaching practice.

7)    Applicants presenting enhancement certificate(s)/official transcripts in teaching subject(s) from recognized institution(s) qualify for employment if they scored at least a C+ (Plus) in the enhanced subject at KCSE. In addition, there MUST be a proof of having taken units on teaching methods  of the subject  during the course. They MUST have also undertaken a minimum of three (3) months teaching practice in the enhanced subject.

8)     Applicants previously employed under contract and whose services were terminated due to inadequate units in teaching subjects and have since obtained enhancement certificates with adequate units are eligible to apply.

9)       Kenya Sign Language (KSL) and Braille are considered as teaching subjects in Special Needs Education e.g. Biology/KSL and Geography/Braille.


The TSC County Directors should:-

i.        Ensure that the Application for Employment Forms have all the attachment required;

ii.        Vet the recruitment documents to verify that the applicant(s) recruited qualify for employment as per the provisions of the recruitment guidelines;

iii.       Ensure that all documents are duly signed as required; including the score sheets, Minutes of the Selection Panels and  Section C of the  Application for Employment form confirming that the candidate qualifies/merits to be employed;

iv.      Compile complaints received and submit appropriate action taken or recommendations to the Commission.


The TSC County Director is required to hand over the following documents to the TSC Headquarters:

(a)       Duly filled Application for Employment Form(s) together with

i) a copy  of the acknowledgement of receipt of application for employment,

ii) certified copies of:

•    National Identification Card;

•    Certificate of Registration as a teacher;

•    Academic certificates;

•    Professional certificates and all official transcripts;

•     Proof of payment for the Statement of confirmation of results by KNEC (where applicable);

•    NCPWD Card (where applicable);

•    Affidavits (where applicable);

•    Bank plate;

•    KRA  PIN Certificate;

•    NHIF Card.

•    Certificate of good conduct/ Waiting slip for the certificate of good conduct;

•    A copy of Personal Insurance Certificate.

iii) Two (2) passport size colour photographs in respect of successful candidate(s).

(b)       A list of all interviewed applicants in order of merit for the advertised vacancies in (Appendix (Ill a);

(c) A copy of the system generate list of all applicants clearly showing those who failed  to attend the interview (Appendix III b);

(d) List of applicants with special needs (Appendix VI);

(e) Duly signed Minutes of the School’s Selection Panel;

(f) A commitment letter duly signed by the applicant binding him/her to teach in the station for a minimum period of five (5) years, and three (3) years in the case of North Eastern Region;

(g) Completed selection score guide duly signed;

(h) Duly completed pay point particulars form;


a) Any applicant who is dissatisfied with the process should submit to the TSC County Director a written complaint immediately and send an email to the TSC Headquarters through email address: [email protected] not later than seven (7) days after the selection process;

b) The TSC County Director should within seven (7) days analyze and address all complaints raised after the selection process has been completed and promptly inform the Headquarters on the action taken;

c) Where the complaint is levelled against the TSC County Director, the TSC Headquarters shall investigate the allegations and take appropriate action.


(a)    Clarification and advice on issues of qualifications arising from these guidelines,   should  be sought from the TSC County Directors.

(b)  Notwithstanding the decentralization of the function of teacher’s recruitment pursuant to Section 20 of the TSC  Act, the  Commission is not precluded in carrying out recruitment directly from the TSC Headquarters.

Attached find the following Appendices for use during the selection exercise

Appendix I:   a)  Selection Score Guide  for Secondary School Teacher Interns

b)  Selection Score Guide for Secondary Schools teacher interns with special needs

c)  Grading System

Appendix II: Board of Management & TSC Checklists

Appendix Ill a: List of interviewed applicants.

Appendix Ill  b: List of all applicants clearly showing those who never turned up for interview

Appendix IV: Declaration Form I

Appendix V: Declaration Form II

Appendix VI: List of applicants with special needs




The successful applicant will be required to submit the following to the  Secretary, Board of Management:-

1.      Original and clear copies of the following:-

i.     National Identity card (both sides);

ii.    NCPWD card (where applicable);

iii.   2 passport size colour photographs;

iv.  Certificates and  testimonials; KCPE, KCSE, ‘A’ Level, Diploma, Degree etc;

v.   Proof of  payment for the Statement of confirmation of results by KNEC (where applicable);

vi. Official Academic transcripts;

vii. Certificate of Registration as a teacher

viii. KRA PIN certificate;

ix.  Bank Plate;

x.   Duly filled pay point particulars’ form;

xi.  NHIF Card;

xii. Primary and secondary school leaving certificates and other testimonials;

NB:   The Principal/Secretary Board of Management is expected to verify and certify all the above documents before submitting them to the TSC Sub County Director for forwarding to the TSC County Director for further vetting and submission to the Commission.


The Secretary, Board of Management is required to submit to the TSC Sub-County Director the following:

1.   Minutes of the selection panel duly signed and clearly showing how many applicants were shortlisted for interview from the system generated merit list and the selection criteria used;

2.   Completed selection score guide duly signed;

3.   Certified copies of the following:-

i.       National  Identity card  (both sides);

ii.      NCPWD card (where applicable);

iii.    2 passport size colour photographs;

iv.    Certificates; KCPE, KCSE, ‘A’ Level, Diploma, Degree etc;

v.    Proof of payment for the Statement of confirmation of results by KNEC (where applicable);

vi.   Official Academic transcripts;

vii.  Certificate of Registration as a teacher;

viii. KRA PIN certificate;

ix.    Bank plate;

x.     Duly filled pay point particulars form;

xi.    NHIF card;

xii.   Primary and secondary school leaving certificates and  other testimonials;

xiii.  Acknowledgement note for employment application documents;

xiv.  Certificate of good  conduct/ Waiting slip for the certificate of good  conduct;

xv.  A copy  of Personal Insurance Certificate.


Guidelines for recruiting high school intern teachers Sep 2021
Score sheet part 1

NB:  For purposes of scoring part C, year of completion of professional training (BED or PGDE) whose certificate is used to score part A of this score sheet determines the length of stay but not year  of enhancement.

Guidelines for recruiting high school intern teachers Sep 2021
Scoring sheet part 2
Guidelines for recruiting high school intern teachers Sep 2021
Scoring sheet part 3
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