TSC Clarifies After Advert to Hire 12,000 Teachers Goes Viral

  • A signpost showing Teachers Service Commission mandated with hiring teachers in Kenya.
    A signpost showing Teachers Service Commission mandated with hiring teachers in Kenya.
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  • Teachers Service Commission (TSC) issued a clarification after an advert announcing its plan to hire 12,000 teacher interns went viral.

    The advert, which was shared on Tuesday, October 20, indicated that the government was accepting 4,000 teaching applications for Primary level and 8,000 for Secondary.

    The move was reportedly an economic stimulus plan to cushion the teaching fraternity after the sector suffered due to the harsh effects of the Covid-19 virus.

    In a statement, however, TSC warned that the advert, which mimicked those run in newspapers before, was not factual explaining that official communication would only originate from the commission.

    A fake advert announcing that TSC was hiring 12,000 interns on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
    A fake advert announcing that TSC was hiring 12,000 interns on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
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    "We advise teachers and the general public to ignore a fake advert about 12,000 intern jobs that is circulating on social media.

    "TSC will communicate through its official channels when new jobs arise," read the statement in part.

    In the advert, the tutors were expected to serve for a year and was aimed at supporting teacher training institutions to sustain the competencies of new trainees.

    The applicants were also promised a Ksh15,000 monthly remuneration for primary teachers and Ksh20,000 for those at secondary school level.

    "The programme specifically targets unemployed teachers who will be assigned to learning institutions where their teaching experience will be enhanced through exposure to direct practical work experience," stated the advertisement in part.

    This comes just a day after rumours swirled across social media that 17,000 teachers were set to retire to usher in the new crop.

    Currently, the commission is in the middle of a hiring process for the 11,574 jobs that were advised in early September.

    Complains have been lodged by Teachers who graduated in 2019 claiming that they were only allocated 15%, with those who graduated in 2020 getting a paltry 10 marks in the grading.

    As a result, chaos were experienced in Budalangi, Busia County, after some of the applicants were mistreated in various recruitment centres.

    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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