When Teachers Service Commission first introduced the employment of teachers under internship contract, the move initially faced alot of criticism from in and out of the education sector. Some individuals even moved to Court to stop the scheme.

Some of the issues that led to the opposition of internship include poor pay for the interns teachers. When the scheme was first introduced, intern teachers in primary school used to pocket 10,000 while their counterparts in secondary schools took home 15,000.

However, early this year TSC revised these salaries to Ksh.15,000 for primary intern teachers and Ksh. 20,000 for those in secondary. Slowly but surely, teachers begun to accept the internship offer. Things did change even more when they were awarded 30 marks advantage during permanent employment.

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Teachers who secure job with Teachers Service Commission under internship programme are required to serve for a period of one year.

However, it is important to remember that if TSC advertises employment vacancies on permanent terms, intern teachers are eligible to apply.

Unsatisfactory performance or failure to conform to the standards of conduct prescribed for the Internship may lead to termination of the internship at the initiative of the Commission or an Officer or Agent of the Commission.

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According to TSC internship agreement, Internship will be non-remunerative. However, interns will be paid a stipend as may be determined  by the Commission from time to time. In this regard, the Commission will make budgetary provision on an annual basis.

As already indicated early, intern teachers in secondary earn up to Ksh. 20,000. This amount is subjected to two deductions; National Social Security Fund (NSSF)  Kes. 200.00 and National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) kes. 750.00. Total deductions sum up to Kes. 950.00.

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After all deductions have been made, the teacher takes home Kes. 19,050.00.

Here is a Breakdown of secondary school intern teacher in a secondary school



Break down Amount (Ksh)
1 Special Salary 20,000.00
 2 NSSF Deduction 200.00
3 NHIF Deduction 750.00
4 NET Pay (After deductions) 19,050.00


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