The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has unleashed a bag of goodies for teachers seeking employment and promotion.
TSC is currently issuing Employment letters for teachers who applied for employment in October 2020.
TSC had advertised 11,574 teaching vacancies in September.
The teachers are expected to report to their TSC County Directors starting January 4th when schools fully reopen so they get posted to their new stations.
The teachers will start at Primary Teacher II (job grade B5) at a salary scale of kshs 21,756 to a maximum of kshs 27,195 per month.
Deployment of P1 teachers
TSC also continues to issue deployment letters to qualified P1 teachers who applied for promotion in October this year as well as those who applied last year and were not posted.
TSC had advertised 1,000 promotional posts last year and did the same in September this year.
The 1,000 posts were primarily reserved for practising P1 teachers with degree and C+ at KCSE and C+ in two teaching subjects to teach in high school.
“Iam pleased to inform you that your application for appointment as a secondary school teacher II (T-Scale 7) has been successful, you are deployed to Nanighi Secondary School to teach Biology/Mathematics,” read a deployment for a teacher in Tana River county.
The deployed teachers will move to job grade C2 where they will earn a basic salary starting kshs 34,955 to a maximum of kshs 43,694.
The teachers will move to job grade C3 automatically after completion of three years under Career Progression Guidelines (CPG).
The teacher employer is issuing posting letters for teachers with science subject combination this is after it failed to do so last year where only teachers with art subjects gained.
The teachers will report to their new stations on January 4th when schools fully reopen for other classes.
TSC is planning to post all the qualified and deserving p1 teachers to secondary school in due time to help plug shortage brought about by 100% transition and bring staffing balance following introduction of the new curriculum.
TSC database shows that at least 6,347 primary school teachers have degree with C+ at KCSE and C+ in the two teaching subjects and qualify to teach in secondary schools.
TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia said the Commission will promote a total of 3,900 teachers this year.
The TSC boss said that some 55,000 teachers have been promoted this year and that 460 teachers have already been interviewed and will get promotion letters soon.
TSC extends Contract and enhances perk for interns
TSC has also extended the contract for the current serving intern teachers for a year.
“The Commission has authorized the extension of contracts for the serving teacher interns. This affects the teacher interns who were not recruited in the recently concluded recruitment process for regular teachers,” read a TSC memo.
TSC said the rationale for extension is because the internship programme was disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic which led to closure of schools in March 2020.
TSC had barred the current serving intern teachers from applying for the 6,674 advertised internship posts in December. This had raised queries on status of their current contract which is ending in this month.
However TSC renewed their contract for another year starting January 4th next year. The teachers will continue to work in their current station.
The employer has also increased their pay under the new agreement.
Primary school intern teachers will earn 15,000/- up from 10,000/- which they earned this year while Secondary school intern teachers will earn 20,000 up from 15,000/-.
However the teachers will renew their accident insurance cover for another year.
In addition TSC had advertised additional 6,674 internship posts in December.
TSC has invited applications from qualified candidates to fill 4,676 posts posts for Secondary Schools and and 1,998 posts for Primary Schools.
The teacher employer said 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 application deadline is today and applications are to be received not later than today Monday, 14th December, 2020.
TSC has already directed the current intern teachers to report to their stations on January 4th and the new interns to report on January 11th next year.
Eligibility for internship
The following are requirements spelt out for applicants seeking to apply for internship posts:
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 government said it will spend Sh10 billion to hire additional primary and secondary school teachers in the next two years.
TSC is facing huge retirement of teachers in December. At least 8,000 teachers are set to exit service by December, the employer said.
TSC report also shows at least 25,000 teachers will retire from teaching service in two years time.