16 August 2018

Kenya: Teachers Service Commission to Employ 4,000 More Teachers

The Teachers Service Commission has announced recruitment of 4,683 teachers to replace those who have exited service through natural attrition.

Chief Executive officer Nancy Macharia said 4,245 teachers will be posted in primary schools while 438 teachers will be deployed in secondary schools and colleges.

The teachers are replacing those who exited the service in the month of July this year alone. Those interested in the positions must submit their applications by August 28.

MERIT LISTS

"Eligible candidates should meet the following basic requirements: be Kenya citizens, must be 45 years of age and below, must have original professional and academic certificates, must be registered as a teacher as per Section 23 of the Teachers Service Commission Act 2012," said Mrs Macharia in an advert.

She said applicants for vacancies in primary schools must be holders of a P1 certificate and will be selected from the county merit lists compiled during the May, 2018 recruitment of additional teachers' exercise.

"Successful candidates will be deployed to serve in stations in any part of the country and not necessarily in the County where they were recruited," said Mrs Macharia.

290,000

"Applicants for vacancies in post-primary institutions must be holders of a minimum of Diploma in Education certificate. Interested candidates should apply to the Secretary, Board of Management of the School/Institution where the vacancy has been advertised, and submit a copy to the TSC county director," said Mrs Macharia.

She said TSC will only deal with county selection panels and boards of management in the exercise and individual application to the Commission will not be considered.

According to TSC, there are close to 290,000 trained teachers who are yet to be employed. Mrs Macharia said 20,665 primary schools need 40,000 instructors.

ALLOCATION

"Over the years, the commission has consistently requested for increased allocations to employ 20,000 teachers annually. This would translate in hiring 8,000 primary school teachers every year," Mrs Macharia said.

Meanwhile, Mrs Macharia has directed teachers who will be involved in the management of national examinations this year to be vigilant and uphold the ethical and integrity standards governing the teaching profession.

She also asked the examiners to ensure that any form of examination irregularity is detected, forestalled and appropriate remedial action taken in tandem with the relevant laws and regulations.

COMPROMISED

In a circular dated August 9, and addressed to Principals, head teachers and all teachers, Mrs Macharia asked them not to accept to be compromised at all.

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) are set to commence on October 29, and November 2, respectively.

"The Commission relies on you for the successful completion of the forthcoming national examinations. On behalf of the Teachers Service Commission, I wish to congratulate and sincerely appreciate you all for your dedication, commitment and devotion towards preparing candidates for the national examinations," said Mrs Macharia.

INVIGILATORS

She went on: "However, your efforts in moulding the candidates and the enormous investments by parents, government and other stakeholders in this regard may not come to fruition if the integrity of the national examinations is not safeguarded."

Mrs Macharia explained that centre managers, supervisors, invigilators and examiners will play a crucial role in ensuring that the rules, regulations and guidelines governing the conduct of national examinations are strictly adhered to by all stakeholders.

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