TSC to priotize recruitment of P1 teachers with CBC Diploma upgrade

TSC to priotize recruitment of P1 teachers with CBC Diploma upgrade

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will give priority to P1 teachers who undertook the Competency Based Teacher Education (CBTE).

According to an advert it released this week for recruitment of teachers the Commission says the teachers will have an upper hand during the upcoming recruitment interviews.

“Teachers with Upgrade Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (CBC) will have an added advantage,” TSC said in the advert.

In the advert TSC has listed 9,000 teaching posts on Permanent and Pensionable Terms of Service for Secondary School Teachers to be posted to Junior Secondary Schools.

1,000 posts on Permanent and Pensionable terms of service for Primary School Teachers. 21,550 posts for Teacher Interns in Junior Secondary Schools and 4,000 posts for Teacher Interns in Primary Schools. 

The recruitment of teachers is through the TSC online recruitment portal and will end on 16th December 2022.

The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) already released results for the first cohorts of P1 Diploma Upgraders this month.

The results were sent to various Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs). Results show many students failed in the Knec assessments which they did from 15th July to 20th July 2022.

In Kericho TTC a total of 644 students did exams for the upgrading of Primary Teacher Education (PTE) to Diploma Primary Teacher Educaton (DPTE).

In the results sent to the college 360 students got Credit, 10 got Pass, 20 got CRNM (Course Requirement Not Met) and 253 got Referrals. 1 candidate had his exams cancelled.

In Kibabi TTC out of 218 students who sat for the exams in July, 57 got Credit, 46 got Pass, 2 got CRNM, 112 got Reffered and 1 had his exam Cancelled.

In Meru TTC 384 students did the upgrading. 265 got Credit, 25 got Pass, 80 got Reffered and 14 got CRNM.

In Egoji TTC out of 294 students 184 got Credit, 5 got Pass, 100 got Reffered and 5 got CRNM.

In Shanzu TTC 237 students got Credit, 19 had Pass, 69 got Referrals and 4 got CRNM.

The trainee teachers also did their Practicum which took the whole of last school term. The trainees had their external assessments courtesy of Knec which ran upto 4th November.

A taskforce had recommended both P1 and ECDE teachers to undergo the mandatory training to be at par with the demand of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). The training of the first cohorts started in October last year.

The second cohorts started in September this year. According to a circular dated 6th October 2022 sent to TTC Principals, only eight TTCs are to be used to train the teachers this year due to the low enrollment.

Due to the low number of P1 teachers who applied for upgrading the Ministry of Education, Principal Secretary, ordered placement of students to be merged into eight colleges.

The PS asked the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) to redistribute the students in the eight colleges as follows;

  1. Murang’a TTC for Meru, Egoji and Kigari TTCs
  2. Machakos TTC for Kitui, Kilimambogo and Garissa TTCs
  3. Kericho TTC for Tambach, Baringo and Mosoriot TTCs
  4. Asumbi TTC for Migori and Kenyenya TTCs
  5. Kaimosi TTC for Eregi, Seme, Bondo, Ugenya, Bunyore, Bishop Mahon and Chesta TTCs
  6. Shanzu TTC for Galana and Kwale TTCs
  7. Aberdare TTC for Narok TTC
  8. Thogoto TTC for Kamwenja TTC

The third cohorts will start their training in April 2023 after its application ended in 18th August.

TSC recruitment score sheet released this December shows that the teachers will be have more marks because of upgrading their certificates.

The teachers will have fifteen marks for presenting evidence of CBC Diploma Upgrade certificate.

TSC in its Framework plans to end recruitment of PTE teachers in the year 2024 and replace it with DPTE as the minimum entry to teaching profession.

Many P1 teachers are yet to join the program citing high cost of training. The teachers are looking forward for employment despite failing to upgrade.


Professional P1 qualifications  
6 -14 points ———————————————————40
15 – 26 points——————————————————–35
27 – 38 points ——————————————————-30
39 – 52 points ——————————————————-25
53 – 64 points ——————————————————-20
  NB: The score does not include teaching practice. 
Evidence of internship service 
Served for three (3) years ————————————-15
Served for two (2) years —————————————10
Currently serving the first year of internship ————05
Length of stay since qualifying as a teacher 
i.     2015 and before —————————————35
ii.     2016 ———————————————————30
iii.     2017 ———————————————————25
iv.     2018 ———————————————————20
v.     2019 ———————————————————15
vi.     2020 ———————————————————10
vii.     2021 and after ——————————————-05
Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (CBC Upgrade)15
Grand Total100


1.  The applicant must possess a valid ECDE Certificate NOT Provisional. The ECDE certificate must have been obtained from a recognized training institution.

2.  The duration of the Course shall be1890 Hours.

3.   The course shall be fully residential and shall last for 5 terms 4 terms for tuition and 1 for practicum.

4.   The trainee shall take all courses specified in the upgrading programme of Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education (DECTE).

5.   The trainees shall undertake a Teaching Practicum of 300 Hours.

6.    To be awarded the Diploma, the trainee must complete the required hours for Course Work and pass the stipulated assessment by the Kenya National Examination Council.                                                                                                                                           “


1.    The applicant must possess a valid PTE Certificate

2.     The duration of the course shall be 1500 Hours.

3.   The course shall be fully residential and shall last for 4 terms 3 terms for tuition and 1 for practicum.

4.      The trainee shall take all courses specified in the upgrading programme of Diploma in Primary Teacher Education

5.      The trainees shall undertake  a Teaching Practicum of 300 Hours.

6.      To be awarded the Diploma, the trainee must complete the required hours for Course Work and the stipulated assessment by the Kenya National Examination Council


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