Acting school administrators are getting ready for upcoming promotions from their employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

Despite acting for several years, a number of school officials, including senior teachers and masters, deputy head teachers, and school heads, have yet to be confirmed.



The Commission will replace retiring school administrators, including 1,025 school superintendents whose two-year contracts are set to expire in July.

To be considered for promotion, instructors must have worked in their present acting position for at least three years.

Teachers must also have participated actively in filling up and submitting their termly Teacher Performance Appraisal Development (TPAD) evaluations.

Teachers will be promoted in accordance with the Career Progression Plan, according to TSC circular number 14/2021.



Teachers serving in ASAL and hard-to-staff areas who are holding administrative roles in an acting capacity will be promoted progressively until they achieve grades commensurate with their particular positions, according to the Commission.

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The Commission designated the following areas as official ASAL and hard to staff areas in the CBA 2021–2025:

1) Baringo County’s Baringo North, Tiaty East, Tiaty West, and Marigat sub-counties.

Teachers serving in ASAL and hard-to-staff areas who are holding administrative roles in an acting capacity will be promoted progressively until they achieve grades commensurate with their particular positions, according to the Commission.



The Commission designated the following areas as official ASAL and hard to staff areas in the CBA 2021–2025:

1) Baringo County’s Baringo North, Tiaty East, Tiaty West, and Marigat sub-counties.

2) Garissa County

3) Suba and Mbita sub-counties in Homa Bay County



4) Isiolo County

5) Mashuuru, Loitoktok and Kajiado West sub-counties in Kajiado County



6) Kwale County

7) Magarini and Ganze in Kilifi County

8) Lamu County

9) Mandera County

10) Marsabit County

11)Mumoni, Mutito North and Tseikuru sub-counties in Kitui County

12) Narok South and Narok North sub-counties in Narok County

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13) Samburu County
14) Taita Taveta County

15) Tana River County

16) Turkana County

17) Wajir County

18) West Pokot County

Collins Oyuu, secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), commended TSC on the signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) 2021–2025.

TSC, according to Oyuu, has listed the difficult-to-staff areas and is putting administrators on acting status, regardless of their grade, who will continue to serve in those administrative posts in the difficult-to-staff areas until they receive their respective grades for confirmation.

“Those locations are difficult to staff,” Oyuu explained, “meaning that even positions like Headtechers and Deputies are not ready to be there, and those who are there are not even qualified for those positions in terms of what we have in the CBA.”

“They’ve been promoted to act in those positions because such regions are difficult to staff and no one wants to go there,” he explained.

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TSC is looking at an individual teacher’s desire in working in an acting capacity as an administrator in those areas prior to their grade until the teacher attains the full grade of administrator for complete confirmations of the position the teacher was acting in previously, according to Oyuu.

TSC publicized mass recruitment of school administrators for primary and secondary schools, teacher training institutes, and field officers in September of last year.

Principal, Deputy Principal II and III, Curriculum Support Officer I and II, Senior Lecture I and II, Senior Master II, III, and IV, Secondary Teacher I and II, Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher I and II, Senior Teacher I and II, Primary Teacher I were among those involved.

During the application process, applicants were asked to upload the following documents:

a) Appointment letter for the present grade

a) Appointment letter to the present position of responsibility

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