Shock as TSC bans serving teacher interns from applying for 6,674 posts

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has banned the current serving intern teachers from applying for the 6,674 advertised intership posts.

This comes as a shocker as TSC has also not explained the fate of the current interns whose contract ends this December.

However TSC in October recruitment of teachers on permanent terms absorbed most of the intern teachers who will get posted late January 2021.

The intern teachers were also awarded ten marks in the highly competitive recruitment exercise.

TSC had made a propasal to recruit 12,000 interns before January 2021 but has so far advertised only 6,674 posts.

TSC has invited applications from qualified  candidates to fill 6,674 teacher internship posts (4,676 posts and 1,998 posts for Secondary Schools and Primary Schools respectively).  

This is part of the National Government post COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Programme, announced vide the seventh Presidential Address on the coronavirus pandemic on 23 May, 2020.

The TSC (Teacher) Internship programme is a short term programme lasting one (1) year that supports efforts by teacher training institutions to equip and sustain the competencies of persons entering teaching service.

The programme specifically, targets unemployed teachers who will be assigned to learning institutions where their teaching experience will be enhanced through exposure to direct practical work experience.

Interested  candidates, who meet the required  qualifications, should make their applications online  through the TSC  Website: under ‘Careers’ or www.teachersonline.

The applications  are to be received not later than Monday, 14th December,  2020.

Please note that manual applications will not be considered.


To qualify, an applicant must at the time of application  meet the following  basic requirements:

a) Be Kenyan citizen;

b) Must be a registered teacher with Teachers Service Commission;

c)  Bea holder of a P1 Certificate for Primary Schools and a minimum of a Diploma in Education Certificate for Secondary Schools;

d) Hold original academic and professional certificates;

e) Should not have been in  previous employment with the Commission,  as a teacher on permanent terms;

f)  Must not have served as teacher intern under TSC (teacher) Internship Programme;

g)  Be ready to be posted to any public educational institution in Kenya;

h) Must have a Personal Accident Insurance to cover for personal risks during the internship period.

In addition to the above, successful applicants shall be required to produce;

a) A copy of the National  Identity Card (ID) or Passport Certificate;

b)  A copy of Teacher Registration Certificate/ print-out from TSC portal evidencing registration as a teacher;

c) Acopy of NCPWD card (where applicable);

d) A valid Certificate of Good Conduct;

e) Two (2) coloured  passport size photographs;

f) A copy of NHIF card;

g) A copy of KRA PIN.


The Internship period will be for twelve (12) months without extension.


This is not a remunerative  engagement.  However,  interns  attached  to primary  schools  and secondary schools will be eligible for a monthly stipend of Kshs. 15,000/= and Kshs. 20,000/= respectively.

The stipend will be paid subject to statutory deductions, where applicable.


For detailed information on application procedure and the available vacancies per County and institution, you are advised to visit the TSC Website: under Careers or by Monday 14th December 2020

The Teachers Service Commission is an equal opportunity employer and persons with disabilities (PWDs) are encouraged to apply.


The recruitment exercise is undertaken  free of charge.

The Teachers  Service  Commission forewarns applicants against  fraudsters who  might extort  money from  unsuspecting applicants  or any persons purporting to assist in the recruitment.


Any fraudulent activity in  this regard should  be reported to the nearestTSC Office or TC Hqs through the following  telephone  lines:

Director Staffing (0202892193)  and Deputy Director Staffing  (0202892131)   or write directly  to  the  Commission  through the e-rail  address:

In addition, any such fraudulent activity should be reported to the nearest Police Station.


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