Teachers service commission Kenya TSC,is preparing to recruit atleast 5,000 teachers as part of their annual routine employment strategy that aims at curbing the acute teacher shortage witnessed in the teaching workforce.
During the recent budgetary allocation,the ministry of education received the lion’s share of the budget resources meant to facilitate the many departments under it’s wings.TSC received over 2B shillings to fund the recruitment of teachers on permanent and pensionable terms.
On this premise,several stakeholders have called on the teacher employment and management body TSC to give priority to the currently serving intern teachers during the recruitment excercise.Several calls have been made to ensure the interns are first absorbed in their current stations of work.
Currently,there are over 6000 intern teachers serving in various schools across the country.Previously,these interns have been rewarded during recruitments by giving them a higher mark in the marking scheme.An intern who attends an interview was awarded 30 whopping marks for having served the commission in that capacity.It therefore becomes very difficult to beat an intern during a recruitment.
It seems more goodies are on their career path as more stakeholders have recently weighed in to have these teachers absorbed first in their current work stations without necessarily subjecting them to an interview.It should be remembered that the recruitment of these Interns was conducted competitively in strict conformity with the recruitment procedures.This might be yet another reason why many people feel it will be unfair to subject them to another similar interview.
The Teachers Service Commission is also empowered by the Kenya Constitution of 2010 to deregister teachers who break their code of conduct and ethics.
Indeed if this is done,then TSC could have much esteemed and honoured these interns for their selfless service under the commission
Whether the teachers employer will heed to this clarion call is just a matter of time for sooner than later,we expect an advert of teachers recruitment to be out as eligible teachers jostle to take up the jobs.
Reasons why internship programme is important to you
It is now evident that for one to get a permanent and pensionable TSC job, he or she must pass through internship.
Internship program may be terminated under the following circumstances :
- Substandard performance or failure to conform to the TSC standards of conduct as prescribed for the Internship.
Internship programme is non-remunerative according to the TSC internship agreement. However, teachers who will be serving as interns under TSC terms at the end of every month will be paid a stipend as may be determined by the Commission.
As a secondary school intern he/she is entitled to earn a monthly income of 20k. Despite receiving such amount they are subjected to two compulsory deductions namely :
- National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Ksh. 200.00
- National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) ksh. 750.00.
Total deductions Ksh. 950.00.
A teacher in this category after all deductions takes home a total of KSH: 19,050.00.
Below is the Breakdown of secondary school intern teacher salary :
Break down Amount (Ksh)
1 Special Salary 20,000.00
2 NSSF Deduction 200.00
3 NHIF Deduction 750.00
4 NET Pay (After deductions) 19,050.00