The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will start deploying second cohorts of practicing PTE teachers to junior secondary schools next week.
The document verification and posting will be done simultaneously by TSC Sub County Directors after getting lists of applicants from the Commission.
The Commission will also organize training of the deployed teachers on Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and Competency Based Assessment (CBA).
The first cohorts were already deployed. The teachers had there documents verified and were issued with deployment (posting) letters to junior secondary.
The P1 teachers were deployed to start teaching Grade 7 learners who are part of the junior secondary school section.
TSC had set 6th February as the deadline for application for deployment but many teachers were locked out and only a small number applied for deployment with some Sub Counties recording as low as twenty teachers listed for deployment.
The Commission then reopened application exercise for teachers who missed a chance during the first deployment to submit application.
The Commission is under pressure to deploy more teachers to junior secondary to address the serious teacher shortage currently experienced.
Some teachers who applied for deployment missed in the lists that were released by the Commission to various Sub Counties with some failing to receive SMS to invite them for verification of documents.
“The Commission has extended the period of application for deployment to Junior Secondary Schools. The portal has been re-opened. Primary school teachers with requisite qualifications are encouraged to apply. Use the following link https://tsconline.tsc.go.ke/tsc-teacher/login to access the portal. Deadline for application is 22nd March 2023,” said TSC.
Most deployed teachers are primary school teachers in job group C1 followed by those who are in job group B5.
Salary for a deployed C2 teacher
Basic salary 34,955
House allowance (other areas) 7,500
Leave(paid only in January) 6,000
Those deployed (with degree certificates) will be placed at job group C2 where they will serve for a period of three years before being moved automatically to job group C3.
Those B5 teachers with diplomas will however start at job group C1 where they will serve for a three year period then they will be elevated to job group C2 automatically.
TSC has also deployed primary school headteachers who have junior secondary domiciled in their stations.
TSC Sub County Directors have issued the headteachers with deployment letters to serve as Principals of junor secondary schools.
The Commission ordered the Sub County Directors to ensure the teachers are deployed to their current stations or those that are close to their current stations.
TSC said teachers with SNE qualification should be posted to Special JSS.
TSC is under pressure to allow primary school teachers with other degree and diploma certificates to teach in junior secondary.
Primary School teachers wishing to be deployed to JSS must be qualified to teach in secondary schools. The teacher MUST meet the following requirements:
i) Have an active registration as a teacher with the Teachers Service Commission.
ii) Is employed as a primary school teacher with the Teachers Service Commission.
iii) Should not be currently serving an interdiction or undergoing a disciplinary process.
iv) Have a minimum of a Diploma in Education with a minimum of C+ at KCSE (or it’s equivalent) with C+ in two teaching subjects currently being offered in the school curriculum (either under 8-4-4 or CBC) or two (2) principles and one (1) subsidiary pass at “A” Level.
Those with a minimum of C (plain) at KCSE (or its equivalent) and have undertaken a Diploma in Education together with a Bachelor Degree in Education qualify.
v) The degree certificate must be Bachelor of Education. Bachelor of Education (Primary Option) holders are not eligible.
vi) Must have expressed interest to be deployed to Junior Secondary School and their name is in the list shared from the Headquarters.
Candidates are expected to present the following documents during verification exercise:
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.