TSC issues new rules to guide teacher hiring

Thursday July 26 2012

A teacher at Amani primary school in Mikindani, Mombasa. PHOTO/ FILE

A teacher at Amani primary school in Mikindani, Mombasa. PHOTO/ FILE  

By SAMUEL SIRINGI [email protected]

Unemployed teachers, who graduated before 2000, will be the greatest beneficiaries of the new recruitment that begins on Monday.

Revised Teachers Service Commission (TSC) recruitment guidelines to be used in recruiting the 11,000 new staff heavily favour those who have stayed out for a long time since their graduation.

The schools and counties where the vacancies exist will exclusively be published in the Saturday Nation.

According to the guidelines, primary school teachers who graduated in 2000 or before, will score 60 per cent of all the marks set.

Those who graduated in 2001 will score 55 per cent of the marks while those who graduated last year will score only five per cent— the least in the ratings.

Under marks allocated for professional qualifications, applicants with a distinction in their P1 or diploma certificates will score between 35 per cent and 40 per cent.

It means that any applicant who graduated in 2000 and had a strong distinction would easily score 100 per cent.

This will comprise the maximum 40 per cent of the marks set aside for professional qualifications and a further 60 per cent for the grading on length of stay since graduation.

At the secondary school level, applicants who have stayed out for more than six years will also score 60 marks. The rest will be distributed according to the degree or diploma papers of the applicant.

TSC secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni said that successful teachers would be expected to report at their work stations by September to help ease the shortage that currently stands at 75,000.

According to the marking scheme released by Mr Lengoiboni, some applicants will score “special marks” in some areas. This could include teachers with special needs.

“Where candidates tie in a score, the panel is advised to use quality of the academic certificates to determine the ranking,” the guidelines state.

Some of the certificates that could be used to break the tie in a score include Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and those of the defunct education systems.