The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has introduced new requirements in the ongoing recruitment of intern teachers in Junior secondary schools.
A spot check done by Kenyadailypress revealed that some sub-county directors required the intern recruits to submit evidence to prove they hailed from the respective sub-county as per TSC recruitment guidelines.
“Preference shall be given to applicants hailing from the respective sub-counties/counties,” reads clause XVIII of the 2023/2024 recruitment guidelines.
In the Westlands constituency of Nairobi, TSC mandates intern applicants to submit a copy of their voter’s card, birth certificate, land title deed, and marriage certificate as proof of residency.
The documents should substantiate their status as residents within the specific county or sub-county.
The Commission has also advised shortlisted applicants lacking the required proof documents not to appear at the recruitment centers.
TSC commonly employs the duration of stay since graduation and the strength of academic and professional credentials to resolve ties during the selection process.
TSC’s regulations stipulate that 5% of the advertised positions should be reserved for teacher applicants with disabilities.
As per TSC recruitment guidelines, Sub-County Directors are required to confirm the online registration status of the applicants during the shortlisting stage to ensure that only registered and eligible teachers are considered, thus avoiding engagement with unregistered/deregistered teachers or ineligible candidates.
On July 5, TSC announced 18,000 job vacancies for intern teachers in junior Secondary Schools and 2,000 in Public Primary Schools.
The Commission further stated that teacher interns attached to primary schools will be eligible for a monthly stipend of Sh15,000, while those attached to JSS will be eligible for a monthly stipend of Sh20,000.
Eligible applicants were supposed to be unemployed and not previously employed by the Commission as an intern or on permanent and pensionable terms.