TSC Raises Red Flag Over Fake Teaching Jobs Scheme

File image of a teacher and students in class
File image of a teacher and students in a class

The Teachers Service Commission has warned teachers not to fall for a fake recruitment drive advertised using the agencies logo.

"Please ignore a fake advert about recruiting teachers that is circulating," TSC stated through its social media pages on Friday, June 13.

The fake advertisement announced teaching job opportunities in Secondary Schools.

A teacher in a classroom
A teacher with pupils in a classroom.

"The TSC is advertising 5,000 posts for recruitment of Secondary School teachers to address the 100 percent transition from Primary to Secondary Schools.

All interested candidates should forward letters not later than June 25. The recruitment exercise is free of charge," an excerpt of the advert reads.

Confusion also arose when a section of teachers disclosed that they had received messages from the agency, asking them to resume duty on Monday, June 25, despite President Uhuru Kenyatta announcing that schools would resume on September 1. 

However, Kenya National Union of Teachers Communications Director Peter Amunga, while speaking with Kenyans.co.ke clarified that the message was sent to TSC secretariat staff and not teachers.

"The TSC staff who shared the message with me are asking questions on why they should report to work despite the increasing Coronavirus cases. Strangely TSC did not put it in a written a circular but used SMS to reach their staff members and not teachers as people interpreted it," Amunga stated.

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion and Kakamega Branch official Tom Ingolo also clarified that the message was not sent to teachers.

President Uhuru Kenyatta directed Education CS George Magoha to prepare a new school calenda by the middle of August 2020 as he prepares for the gradual reopening of schools.

To facilitate the resumption of studies, the governement allocated Ksh 7.4 billion to the Education Ministry in alignment with Kenyatta's 8 Point Stimulus program. Part of the money will be used to recruit new teachers.

In the Budget 2020/21, Treasury CS Ukur Yattani allocated Ksh 497.7 billion to CS Magoha's docket and also waivered examination fees for KCSE and KCPE students.

An excerpt of the fake advertisement targetting teachers in June 2020
An excerpt of the fake advertisement targetting teachers in June 2020