The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has blocked a Kenyatta University graduate from future teaching employment by the Commission.
While other teachers are attending recruitment interviews, the story of this teacher is different because his fate is sealed for good.
The graduate has now turned to full-time hawker after the degree he pursued at the university was rejected by TSC in many recruitment interviews.
He failed to secure employment in many attempts with the Teachers Service Commission despite having a valid TSC number.
Abraham Maina, a teacher by profession, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education Arts in 2008 with Geography and Mathematics as the teaching subjects.
Since then, he has taught in several schools including St Joseph High School in Kiambu and Ruiru Girls High School, under the Board of Management (BOM).
Maina also obtained a TSC number with the hopes of becoming a civil servant but his dream has never materialized.
The reality of joblessness became more evident after being rejected in several job interviews, reason being he pursued the degree without having qualified.
Maina finished his secondary education in 2002, scoring B- in Mathematics and C plain in Geography, but could not join university because of lack of fees owing to his poor family background.
Fortune came his way when well-wishers showed up years later and promised to sponsor him to study for a degree, after which he enrolled at Kenyatta University where he graduated with a second class upper division.
However, many years later, he was shocked to learn that for one to qualify to train as a teacher, they must have scored at least a C+ in every teaching subject.
It is this revelation that forced Maina to become a hawker after losing hope in being a teacher, despite the relentless efforts he had put to ensure that he teaches secondary school.
His hawking business hit a snag in the advent of the pandemic, which put pressure on the 38-year-old trained graduate who has a family to fend for.
His shuttered dreams have now reignited in the wake of his current misery, as Maina is calling for the government to intervene and salvage him from his dire situation.
He is calling for the authorities to launch an investigation into why the university offered him an opportunity to study a program he did not qualify, and why TSC registered him and later turned and rejected his papers.
In this July 2022 mass recruitment TSC has outlined the following requirements for one to be employed a secondary school teacher.
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 either:
(a) A Bachelor of Education Degree with two (2) teaching subjects or,
(b) A Bachelor of Science or Arts Degree plus a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with two teaching subjects or,
(c) Bachelor of Science with Education/Bachelor of Arts with Education with two teaching subjects or,
(d) Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and Extension with two teaching subjects.
N.B: Applicants with the following qualifications are also eligible;
i) Diploma in Education Holders with a Mean Grade of C (Plain) and C (Plain) in the two teaching subjects at KCSE and have undertaken a Bachelors of Education Degree.
ii) Those who obtained Mean Grade C (Plain) at KCSE and C (Plain) in the subjects of study at A-Level and obtained at least 1 Principle and 2 Subsidiaries for Sciences, 2 Principles and 1 Subsidiary for Arts prior to undertaking a Bachelor of Education Degree.
Applicants must have a minimum Mean Grade of C+ (Plus) at KCSE or its equivalent with at least C+ (Plus) in the two teaching subjects.