The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has extended the deadline for teachers to apply for promotions by seven days.
Earlier the Commission announced that the original deadline to apply for promotions was June 9, but it will now close on June 15 due to the failure of two previous attempts to attract enough applicants.
TSC aims to promote over 14,000 teachers while acknowledging that thousands of schools still lack heads and deputies because of teachers’ failure to apply for advertised positions.
In a statement, TSC emphasized its commitment to promoting teachers to recognize and reward their efforts and performance, facilitate succession management and career progression, and motivate them to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
The Commission encouraged teachers to apply for these positions, highlighting its responsibility to provide effective institutional administrators for public educational institutions.
Initially, TSC had advertised 14,738 teacher promotions in January, including positions such as chief principals, principals, deputy principals, headteachers, deputy headteachers, senior masters, senior teachers, and Special Needs Education (SNE) positions to fill vacancies and institutional administration roles.
However, even after the second advertisement, there is still a shortfall of 1,001 positions that the Commission seeks to fill. For example, out of the 7,720 deputy headteacher positions advertised for regular primary schools in the first round, the Commission received feedback for 5,152 positions, leaving a vacancy of 2,568.
In the second round, 1,581 teachers applied for promotions, resulting in a shortfall of 987.
“The Commission has granted an additional seven days from June 9 to 15 to allow more applications,” stated the Commission.