Teachers working on internships may have reason to smile after the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, revealed the date when the newly employed intern will start getting their salaries.
Early this January, TSC posted a total of 1,995 intern teachers. TSC also renewed internship contracts for 4,005 teachers whose one-year term ended in December 2021. This brought the total intern teachers to 6,000
In September 2021, TSC had advertised 1995 internship posts, where, 1038 posts went to primary schools and 957 posts for primary schools. According to TSC, the recruitment of intern teachers is in support of a government initiative to develop a pool of young talents for the Kenyan labor markets.
The intern recruitment missed their January pay. TSC says payment for intern teachers is made earlier depending on the date they were received in their new stations.
School heads upon receiving the intern teachers are required to submit casualty that will speed the payment process. Delay in submitting the online casualty forms on time derail the commission to effect payment.
According to TSC sources, the intern teachers attached to both primary and secondary schools should expect their stiped for January and February to be paid on Friday 25th, 2022
The teachers will also have their payslips made available on the TSC T-Pay portal to show the total earnings and deductions. Interns attached to primary schools get a monthly stipend of 15,000 shillings while those in secondary school get 20,000 shillings.
In January 2021, TSC enrolled 6,000 teachers into the internship program. The interns were given the upper hand in the just concluded recruitment of 8,000 teachers after they were awarded up to 30 marks, giving them an edge over their competitors.
The lawmakers argued that the decision to award the tutors extra marks will be detrimental to thousands of unemployed teachers, some of whom have tarmacked for more than 10 years.
They said that the move was an irregularity and demanded that the Education ministry and the leadership of the TSC explain the rationale behind the decision that could condemn the employed lot to further misery.
TSC hires teachers based on the marks, with those with the highest score standing a better chance to land the job on permanent and pensionable terms