A section of primary school administrators applied for posting to junior secondary school section when the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) made an advertisement last month.
The Commission in a circular dated 17th February 2023 said it has received a total of 10,833 requests from qualified primary school teachers for deployment to Junior Secondary Schools.
Already the TSC Sub County Directors have invited the shortlisted P1 teachers for documents verification with the exercise starting this week in some Sub Counties.
However, the shocking part is that some primary school administrators are eyeing for deployment to junior secondary schools.
This may have a devastating impact on some of these administrators because the deployed teachers will start at job grade C2 while some administrators are in C3 and others even in C4.
One of the teachers, a deputy headteacher in Mbeere, said he applied because he wants to be an administrator in the junior secondary section.
Michael Kiura says there are many promotion opportunities in junior secondary which he is eyeing. He also has a Diploma from Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI).
The deployed teachers will start at job grade C2 and later move automatically to job grade C3 after completing three years according to Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) for teachers.
A TSC insider however says the school administrators will be deployed but their salaries will not be downgraded but they will not be administrators in the new schools.
The vetting exercise is currently ongoing in some Sub Counties. TSC listed the following documents which candidates must present for verification.
i) Original and copy of the degree/diploma certificate;
ii) Original and copies of the academic transcripts;
iii) Original and copy of SNE qualification (where applicable);
iv) Original and copy of the KCSE certificate (or its equivalent);
v) A copy of the current payslip;
vi) A declaration by the Head of Institution that the teacher is currently serving in the school and is neither serving an interdiction nor undergoing a disciplinary process.
TSC says the teachers will be posted in proximity to the current station. “As much as possible, the teachers should be deployed to their current stations or those that are close to their current stations,” says TSC CEO Nancy Macharia.
She also asked Sub-County Directors not to deploy teachers of similar subject combinations with those already posted to JSS unless a station requires more than one teacher of the same subject combination.
She said teachers with SNE qualification should be posted to Special JSS.
The Sub-County Director shall sign two deployment letters for each teacher. One letter shall be issued to the teacher while the second original letter shall be submitted together with other deployment documents for filing at the headquarters.