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The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, developed four (4) promotional grades for Senior Masters’ posts in secondary schools. The four Senior Masters’ grades being:Senior Master IV (T- Scale 9), Senior Master III (T- Scale 10), Senior Master II (T- Scale 11) and Senior Master I (T- scale 12). This is according to the TSC Career Progression Guidelines of 2018.

SENIOR MASTER IV T-SCALE 9
This is a promotional and an entry grade for institutional administrators in secondary
schools. A teacher appointed to this grade is expected to provide professional
support, mentorship, guidance and counselling to the teachers in the school.
Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies
in the establishment.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT SENIOR MASTER IV T-SCALE 9
To qualify for appointment to the grade of Senior Master IV, a teacher must:-
i. have served as Secondary Teacher I T-Scale 8 for a minimum period of three (3) years;
ii. have obtained a satisfactory rating in the performance appraisal process;
iii. have successfully undertaken the relevant (TPD) modules;
iv. have a valid Teaching Certificate;
v. meet the requirements of Chapter six (6) of the Constitution; and
vi. meet any other requirements deemed necessary by the Commission.

SENIOR MASTER III T-SCALE 10 
This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in secondary schools. A teacher appointed to this grade is expected to provide professional support, mentorship, guidance and counselling to the teachers in the school. He/she will perform administrative duties as assigned by the Commission.
Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies in the establishment.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT SENIOR MASTER III T-SCALE 10
To qualify for appointment to this grade, a teacher must:-
i. have served as Senior Master IV T- Scale 9 for a minimum period of three (3) years;
ii. have obtained a satisfactory rating in the performance appraisal process;
iii. have successfully undertaken the relevant (TPD) modules;
iv. have a valid Teaching Certificate;
v. have demonstrated ability to supervise, mentor and provide support to other teachers;
vi. meet the requirements of Chapter six (6) of the Constitution; and
vii. meet any other requirements deemed necessary by the Commission.

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SENIOR MASTER II T-SCALE-11
This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in secondary schools. A teacher appointed to this grade is expected to provide professional support, mentorship, guidance and counselling to the teachers in the school. He/she will perform administrative duties as assigned by the Commission.
Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies in the establishment.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT OF SENIOR MASTER II T-SCALE-11
To qualify for appointment to this grade, a teacher must:-
i. have served as a Senior Master III T-Scale 10 for a minimum period of three (3) years;
ii. have a satisfactory rating in the performance appraisal process; have successfully undertaken the relevant (TPD)modules;
iii. have a valid Teaching Certificate;
iv. have demonstrated ability to supervise, mentor and provide support to other teachers;
v. meet the provisions of Chapter six (6) of the Constitution; and
vi. meet any other requirement deemed necessary by the Commission.

SENIOR MASTER I T- SCALE 12
This is a promotional grade for institutional administrators in secondary schools. A teacher appointed to this grade is expected to provide professional support, mentorship, guidance and counselling to the teachers in the school. He/she will perform administrative duties as assigned by the Commission.
Promotion to this grade will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies in the establishment.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT SENIOR MASTER I T- SCALE 12
To qualify for appointment to this grade, a teacher must:-
i. have served as Senior Master II or Deputy Principal III T- Scale 11 for a minimum period of three (3) years;
ii. have a satisfactory rating in the performance appraisal process;
iii. have successfully undertaken the relevant (TPD) modules;
iv. have a valid Teaching Certificate;
v. have demonstrated ability to supervise, mentor and provide support to other teachers;
vi. meet the requirements of Chapter six (6) of the Constitution; and meet any other requirements deemed necessary by the Commission.

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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SENIOR MASTER IV, III,
II & I T-SCALE 9, 10, 11 AND 12

The duties of a teacher at this level shall be to:-
i. prepare lesson plans, lesson notes, timetables, schemes of work and maintain academic standards in the school to ensure that the syllabus is covered in time for evaluation;
ii. teach subjects of specialization to impart knowledge, skills and attitudes to learners;
iii. evaluate learners on subjects of specialisation and prepare them for national and other examinations;
iv. initiate new ideas and programmes to ensure improvement in teaching and learning in the subjects of specialisation;
v. embrace teamwork through collaborative planning and teaching to ensure consistency and improvement in curriculum delivery;
vi. serve as a role model and maintain learner discipline;
vii. provide guidance and counselling services and instil norms and values for harmonious co-existence;
viii. ensure safety and health of learners;
ix. participate in workshops/seminars/symposiums to share ideas with a view to enhance knowledge in subject areas;
x. organize remedial actions to support learners with performance gaps;
xi. induct and guide new teachers and teacher trainees on their duties, the rules and culture of the institution;
xii. ensure proper and optimal utilisation of resources allocated for training and learning;
xiii. coordinate preparation and production of course materials necessary for curriculum delivery;
xiv. participate and/or conduct research in subjects of specialization.
xv. interpret and implement policy decisions in subjects of specialisation within the department so as to further knowledge;
xvi. mentor and coach staff in subjects of specialisation to improve knowledge, skills and performance;
xvii. supervise co-curricular activities to enhance learning and provide a broad spectrum for learners to share ideas and nurture innovations;
xviii. ensure proper care and maintenance of institutional assets related to the teaching areas;
xix. participate in the development of the school’s master timetable;
xx. initiate the publication of research to contribute in the dissemination of knowledge;
xxi. initiate and supervise income generating projects for the institution to be selfreliant; and
xxii. any other duty as may be assigned.

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HOW TO GET PROMOTED TO SENIOR MASTER GRADES.

Promotion to these, two, grades will be competitive and subject to availability of vacancies
in the establishment.Since the two grades are promotional, those wishing to hold them are first subjected to interviews by TSC. The Commission shall advertise the available vacancies and applicants who shall be shortlisted would be subjected to interviews.

INTERVIEW AREAS

The Commission has developed an interview score sheet. The following areas are tested and a candidate must score 50% and above in order to be deployed.

The interview areas and maximum marks to be awarded:

A). ADMINISTRATIVE ABILITIES IN THE CURRENT ASSIGNMENT
i). Achievements- 10 marks
ii). Co-curricular achievements- 8 marks
iii). Participation in Education affairs- 5 marks
iv). Knowledge on the formation, members and functions of BOG and
PTA- 5 marks
v)Role of the sponsor- 2 marks
SUB-TOTAL: 30 marks

B). KNOWLEDGE OF EDUCATION ISSUES ESPECIALLY TRENDS IN THE POST INDEPENDENCE PERIOD

i). Knowledge of all Education Commissions- 3
ii). Purpose for formation of such Commissions or working parties- 3 marks
iii). Their respective recommendations- 3 marks
iv). Adoptions/implementation- 3 marks
SUB-TOTAL: 12 marks

C). KNOWLEDGE OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION

I). Curriculum Development
i). Structure of Kenya Institute of Education- 3 marks
ii). Function of Kenya Institute of Education- 3 marks
iii). Current trends in the curriculum- 5 marks

II). Implementation
i). Structure and function of Teachers Service Commission- 5 marks
ii). Functions and structure of MOEST – Inspection and Directorate: 4 marks

III). Evaluation
i). Membership of Kenya National Examination Council- 3 marks
ii). Relationship between TSC, MoE/MoST, KNEC and KIE- 5 marks
SUB TOTAL: 28 marks

D). LEGAL FRAME WORK IN EDUCATION
i). Teachers Service Commission- 1 mark
ii). Education Act- 1 mark
ii). Kenya National Examination Council Act- 1 mark
iii). Trade and Dispute Act- 1 mark
iv). TSC Code of Regulations for teachers- 1 mark
v). Schemes of Service for teachers- 1 mark
vi). A Manual for Heads of Secondary Schools in Kenya- 1 mark
SUB-TOTAL: 7

E). OTHER EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS
i). Kenya Institute of Education- 2 marks
ii). Jomo Kenyatta Foundation- 2 marks
iii). Kenya Literature Bureau- 2 marks
iv). Kenya Education Staff Institute- 2 marks
SUB-TOTAL: 8

F). FUNCTIONS OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT
i). Knowledge of the three arms of Government and their interrelationship- 3 marks
ii). Legislature; Its function, role of speaker, clerk and sergeant-at-arms-  3 marks
iii). Executive; Functions, role of the Permanent Secretaries vis-à-vis Ministers- 3 marks
iv). Judiciary; Functions, Structure, Attorney General, Chief justice etc.- 3 marks
SUB TOTAL 12

G). General Knowledge 3
GRAND TOTAL: 100%

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