5,000 new tutors to address huge deficit in schools

Thursday, August 15th, 2019 00:00 |
Teachers Service Commission secretary Nancy Macharia. Photo/FILE

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is in the process of recruiting 5,000 teachers to bridge the gap created by the 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school policy.

Out of the recruits, 4,000 will be new teachers who must be 45 years of age and below, have original professional and academic certificates and are registered with the agency.

In an advertisement, TSC Secretary Nancy Macharia said applicants for posts in secondary schools must be holders of a minimum of Diploma in Education certificate.

Interested candidates are required to apply to the Secretary, Board of Management of the school where the vacancy has been advertised and submit a copy of the application to the TSC County Director.

“All applicants should submit their application to the Boards of Management not later than August 30,” Macharia said in the advertisement carried in today’s daily newspapers.

Direct applications

The commission warned successful applicants against filling  in employment forms in more than one school, saying it would lead to disqualification in both institutions.

Macharia said that the commission would only deal with TSC County Directors and Boards of Management in the recruitment,  saying direct applications to the commission would not be considered.

The TSC will also be recruiting 1,000 primary school teachers, who are also required to be Kenyan citizens, be 45 years of age and below, have original professional and academic certificates and be registered with TSC.

Merit list

Applicants for the posts in primary schools must be holders of P1 certificate and they are required to apply to TSC County Director in the county where the vacancies have been advertised.

They are also required to submit all relevant academic and professional documents.

“Those who had applied earlier and were unsuccessful must apply afresh since a new merit list of 2019/20 financial year will be generated,” Macharia stated. 

Successful candidates will then be deployed to serve in any part of the country.

The TSC has also announced appointment of 1,000 practicing teachers in public primary schools.

Eligible practicing teachers are expected to have a P1 certificate, Bachelor’s Degree in Education with two teaching subjects and must have attained a minimum mean Grade of C+ (Plus) in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination or its equivalent and a minimum C+ (plus) in the two subjects they intend to teach.

Interested candidates under this category are required to submit their application to the TSC Secretary through online platform not later than August 30.

Successful candidates in this category will be appointed at T-Scale7 – Grade C2 and will be posted to secondary schools where  vacancies exist.


“The recruitment is free of charge. TSC wishes to caution applicants against fraudsters who are out to extort money from  applicants, purporting to be in a position to influence the employment process,” Macharia warned.

Any fraudulent activities should  be reported to a police station or the Director of Staffing at TSC headquarters.

In this financial year’s budget, National Treasury allocated TSC more money to recruit 5,000 teachers.

 It was allocated Sh3.2 billion, which was a boost to the education sector, which has been faced with an acute tutors’ shortage.

The situation was exacerbated by the 100 per cent transition to secondary school, which has left schools struggling with a high number of learners.

When TSC launched its strategic plan in May, it indicated that it requires Sh73.7 billion for the next five years to recruit additional teachers, as part of the ongoing efforts to deal with the growing need for more tutors.

Of the amount Sh16.4 billion is intended to go towards recruiting teachers every year, over the next four years and Sh8.1 billion in the fifth year.

Additionally, Sh2.8 billion over and above the existing allocations under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) will be required on both recurrent and development provisions in the next five years.

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