Teachers who were deployed from primary to secondary schools will receive their deployment letters earlier than their counterparts who were freshly employed in the July mass employment.
TSC in its roadmap said that these teachers will be in their new stations by September. The appointment letters are expected to go to their new station as from the end of next week.
In order to reduce the burden in terms of costs of employing teachers, the Commission began deploying the primary school teachers with at least C+ overall grades and are having degrees in BEd courses for Secondary option. For two consecutive years, over 2,000 teachers have been deployed to secondary with the third group waiting for their letters of deployment.
The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, sends a letter of employment (Letter of probationary employment) to a newly recruited teacher after successfully vetting the teachers’ documents. The letter is sent to the teacher through the station where the teacher has been posted to serve under TSC terms.
In the letter, the Commission Secretary spells out the entry-level of the teacher i.e Secondary School Teacher II for teachers entering the profession as degree holders. The station where the teacher has been posted and the subjects to be handled are also written on the employment letter.
The employment letter also spells out the expected basic salary per year depending on the entry grade of the teacher. The teacher is also entitled to monthly allowances pegged on his/ her grade. Allowances that the teacher may get include, but not limited to House allowance and Commuter allowance. Teachers working in areas classified as hardship get hardship allowance on top of the two allowances. While those working at schools with differently-abled learners also receive Special allowance.
A newly recruited teacher works on probation for a period of not less than six (6) months. In some cases the probation period may be extended if the teacher’s performance is unsatisfactory. At worst, the teacher’s employment may be terminated before completion of the probation period.
To be confirmed on permanent terms, the head of the institution fills a recommendation form for the teacher that is sent to TSC for approval. The teacher is expected to proceed to the posted institution as indicated on the employment letter and has a grace period of 30 days from the effective date; as stated in the letter.
The teacher is expected to work in any part of the country where the Commission feels their services are required. Additionally, the teacher will have to serve at the initial work station, where the first posting has been made, for a period of not less than five (5) years before requesting a transfer. Though, in some cases such a teacher may be transferred under special consideration from the Commission on such grounds as Medical and insecurity; as may be deemed fit by TSC.
Occasionally, the letters do delay and the teacher who secured a chance and selected has to wait for too before reporting to new station. This may be due to the lengthy process of scrutinizing the documents to ascertain their credibility.
The delay may also be due to few learners who are in school and the workload is not too much. The teacher service commission is fond of sending posting letters just after school opening which is likely to be the end of December 2020.
The employment letter is also copied to the Principal or head of the institution and the TSC County Director.