TSC boss Dr Nancy Njeri Macharia. The Commission is recruiting over 10000 intern teachers so as to bridge the teething staff shortages. Photo/ File
TSC boss Dr Nancy Njeri Macharia.

Empty halls characterized the ongoing TSC internship teacher interview sessions in some parts of the country; as the would be applicants stayed away.

 Panelists who had thronged the interview venues by 8.00am were caught by surprise when no shortlisted applicant showed up. “We have been forced to suspend the exercise as no one has turned up,” said one panelist at an interview venue in the western region.

 In this particular venue, there were no interviewees despite the the fact that the respective schools had sent notifications to shortlisted candidates. “I had sent notifications to all the 5 shortlisted candidates. They promised to come for the interview (today). Unfortunately attempts to reach them have been futile as their phones are either off or calls go unanswered,” said one Principal who sought for anonymity.

 According to this Principal, the panelists had waited till 12.00pm and when there were no signs of any applicant showing up, they decided to adjourn the exercise. “The officer in charge from TSC has instructed that we reach out to a qualified applicant so as to sign the contract form by next week,” he added.

Reasons for skipping the interviews

Most of the applicants who vowed skip the internships sighted a myriad of reasons; for their refusal to take up the slots. “The pay is too little. How can TSC pay a graduate a paltry Sh15,000 only!” wondered one applicant who was shortlisted but failed to go for interviews.

 “To make matters worse, the pay is subjected to statutory and other deductions. Also, there are no allowances for teacher interns as those paid to other TSC teachers. This is being inhuman. The Commission is taking graduate teachers for a ride. I shall not take up the offer,” she added.

According to the applicants, who skipped the interviews, these were the reasons for their actions:

  1. Low pay and lack of any allowances,
  2. The interview sessions are expensive in terms of huge fares to far flung areas with no surety of clinching the employment chance,
  3. Risk of missing permanent employment if the vacancies are advertised within the internship contract period,
  4. Many requirements like the risk cover, Certificate of Good Conduct and others,
  5. Discriminatory working conditions as interns will be subjected to thorough supervision from their permanent counterparts,
  6. No guarantee of permanent employment after the one year internship contract,
  7. Better pay under BOM (Board of Management) terms.

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TSC forced to re-advertise vacancies

The Commission has been forced to re-advertise internship teacher vacancies in West Pokot. It is believed no applicant had shown interest prompting the TSC to put up the advert.

 “Teachers Service Commission invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill 17 teacher internship posts for Secondary Schools in West Pokot County,” reads the new advert; in part.

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According to the advert, the following schools and vacancies are available:

S/N

SCHOOL

SUB- COUNTY

SUBJECT COMBINATION

ADVERTISED

1

ST. MARY’S CHEPTULEL GIRLS

CENTRAL POKOT

MATHS/CHEM

2

CANON PRICE TAMKAL

CENTRAL POKOT

BIO/AGRI

3

E.L.C.K CHESTA

CENTRAL POKOT

BIO/CHEM

4

FR.LEO STAPLES GIRLS

CENTRAL POKOT

HIST/CRE

5

KATUGH MIXED DAY

CENTRAL POKOT

BIO/CHEM

6

KOKWOTENDWO MIXED SEC

CENTRAL POKOT

ENG/LIT

7

MARICH PASS MIXED SEC

CENTRAL POKOT

GEO/BST

8

MASOL SEC

CENTRAL POKOT

ENG/LIT

9

ST. ANTHONY MTELO BOYS

CENTRAL POKOT

BIO/AGRI

10

KIM ADVENTIST SEC

CENTRAL POKOT

MATH/BST

11

SIGOR MIXED SEC

CENTRAL POKOT

MATH/BST

12

PAROO SEC

CENTRAL POKOT

BIO/AGRI

13

AIC CHESOMBUR MIXED

CENTRAL POKOT

MATH/PHY

14

SEKUTION MIXED DAY

SOUTH POKOT

HIST/CRE

15

ST. CATHERINE’S CHEPNYAL

GIRLS

WEST POKOT

HIST/KISW

16

KAMKETO BOYS

NORTH POKOT

KISW/CRE

17

 

HOLY CROSS BOYS SEC-

KACHELIBA

NORTH POKOT

HIST/CRE

 

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Other schools missing applicants are:

S/N School Name Subjects
1 St James Limbuku, Igembe Central Physics/ Chemistry
2 MCK Mituntu Girls, Tigania West Agriculture/ Chemistry
3 Nyajanja Mixed Kiswahili/ History
4 St Pauls Seminary, Nyeri Maths/ Chem, Kis/Geog
5 St Mary’s Anding’o Girls BS/ Geography
6 Vipingo Secondary, Kilifi Maths/ BS, Kis/History
7 Gititu Secondary Home Scince/…..

  The Teachers Service Commission is in the process of recruiting 10,300 teacher interns (4,300 posts for Primary Schools and 6,000 posts for Secondary Schools) who are expected to report to schools in January, 2020.

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