TSC Announces Hiring Changes After 300K Teachers Apply for Few Jobs

  • Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia addresses National Assembly's education committee on February 19, 2020.
    Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia addresses National Assembly's education committee on February 19, 2020.
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  • The Teachers Service Commission has had to make changes in the recruitment of teachers after it was overwhelmed by the number of applications. 

    The TSC on Thursday, October 1 announced a new recruitment schedule which was meant to give an equal opportunity to go through every shortlisted candidate's application.

    The teachers' employer received more than 300,000 job applications after announcing 11,574 vacancies. 

    A teacher and students inside a classroom at Kawangware Primary School, Nairobi, on October 5, 2015.
    A teacher and students inside a classroom at Kawangware Primary School, Nairobi, on October 5, 2015.
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    “The numbers were overwhelming. There were so many people who applied, more than we expected, and we have to give every applicant a chance to go through their applications," TSC Head of Corporate Communications Betty Wababu told the media.

    A large number of the applications were received from private school teachers who lost their jobs and sources of income after the closure of schools in March 2020. 

    "Once again we wish to caution applicants and the general public about fraudsters who may purport to influence the outcome of this process," TSC warned. 

    The employer had announced 5,000 vacancies in public primary and secondary schools to support the 100% transition.

    The commission also advertised 5,474 vacancies for primary and 1,100 vacancies for Secondary Schools to replace teachers who exited the service.

    Names of the shortlisted candidate have been sent to their regional centres. 

    The next stage of recruitment which kicks off on Thursday, October 8, is the county selection process and filing of applications for employment forms by successful candidates. 

    TSC county officers will contact successful applicants and inform them about the venues of the interviews which will be completed by October 14. 

    The commission will give a 5-day period for vetting and handling of complaints at the county level from October 15, to October 22, after which it will receive the documents at its headquarters in Nairobi. 

    Verification of the documents which will take the largest portion of the schedule will commence on October 27 and end on November 18.

    Those who make it through are expected to report to their schools on January 4 and county directors will submit a reporting status by January 31. 

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