The Teachers Service Commission(TSC), oversees the continuous registration of qualified teachers, examines the educational and training standards of new teachers.
After registering, a TSC number and certificate are issued. Section 23(2) of the TSC Act (2012) prohibits anyone from providing teaching services unless they are registered as teachers. Part III of the TSC Code of Regulations for Teachers (2015) includes Conditions and Procedures for Teacher Registration.
TSC registers teachers with the following qualifications:
- early childhood development education (ECDE),
- primary teacher education (PTE),
- diploma in education,
- diploma in education for the visually and hearing impaired,
- bachelor of education, and
- bachelor of arts or science.
The Commission has established an online platform for teacher application and registration. Once a candidate is certain that he or she has all of the necessary documents, he or she can proceed to the TSC website (www.teachersonline.go.ke) and begin the application process.
The TSC vets the documents upon receipt of the application, and the applicant gets a response or decision within thirty days. If the application is approved, the applicant is given a Registration Certificate .
The signature of the TSC Chief Executive Officer The certificate is then immediately mailed to the teacher at the address specified in the application. On the TSC website, applicants can also check their registration status and/or TSC number.
Minimum TSC qualifications for the registration of secondary school teachers
- Have a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree in two teaching subjects, a KCSE means grade C+ (or above) and the same grade in your two specialization subjects.
- Have a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree, a KCSE mean grade C+ (or above), plus the same grade in your two specialization subjects and a PGDE.
- Have a Diploma in Education (minimum) plus a Minimum KCSE grade of C Plus or above and C+ or above in the two-subject specialization
TSC registration requires the submission of the appropriate documentation. The documents are classified based on the teacher’s citizenship status.
- Certificate of Good Conduct
- Relevant academic and professional certificates from recognized institutions
- A copy of your Identity Card or Passport
- passport photo
- KRA Pin Certificate
- Duly filled GP 69 Medical Form
- Payment of registration fee
For non-citizens, the following must be produced
- Academic and Professional Certificates and other evidence for registration as a teacher obtained in Kenya or the country of origin
- Academic and Professional Certificates. NB: Must have been awarded by an accredited foreign institution and equated by the relevant public body in Kenya
- Certificate of Registration as a teacher or authority to teach in the country of origin
- A valid Entry / Work Permit issued by the Department of Immigration
- A valid Certificate of Good Conduct issued by the relevant law enforcement agency in the country of origin
- Vetting letter from the Ministry of Education (Kenya) and
- Prescribed fee
New TSC Teacher Registration Process