The Teachers Service Commission will award 30 Marks to serving interns in this month’s recruitment exercise, unlike last year where interns were awarded 10 marks.

However, interns must provide evidence of internship to be awarded the 30 marks. This might work against the intern teachers as not all will manage to produce these evidences. The recently employed intern are yet to receive their certificate of internship. This certificate is among the evidence required to score the 30 marks.

The commission had promised to award them with certificates of internship but to date, they have not received any.

Among other evidences required to be presented during interviews include the following,:

1. Three Payslips for 2020 and three for 2021.

2. A letter from the institution where you were interned.

3. A letter from the County Director of Education detailing when you were contracted.

It remains to be seen what awaits this group of teachers in the coming employment. They have presumably suffered under the internship contract because of uncertainty of its eventuality. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel as they have highly favored in the latest TSC scoresheet.

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Last year, TSC advertised 6,674 vacancies for internship for both primary and secondary schools. This was part of the presidential directive on stimulus economic recovery programme.

Out of the 6,674 vacancies 1,998 vacancies were for primary school while 4,676 vacancies were for post primary.

Qualified teachers were called upon to make their applications online through the TSC Portal www.tsc.go.ke.

Qualified candidates were only allowed to make an application on only three vacancies per candidate, amounting to only three schools. Teachers shunned this act by saying that the number of slots accorded to teachers were very few.

After successful applications, shortlisting was done by the TSC and generated a merit list that was sent to subcounty directors of education who inturn were to send individual list to principals in schools that had a vacancy for internship.

Worst of it all, some counties delayed to send the merit lists to principals and if they did, the principals also in turn delayed to send the text messages to shortlisted candidates. Some candidates have been claiming of receiving interview invitation messages late and to be precise, a day to the interview date which is against the TSC guidelines which states that, shortlisted candidates will be notified seven days earlier before the day of interview.

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Aswe all know, in any interview there must be a tie of candidates scooping the same marks in the process of interviews. Initially, it has been that incase of a tie, the panelists tend to look at the KCSE mean grade to break the tie, and if the mean grade is still the same, they were looking at the Grades in the teaching subjects and if hey are the same too, they were narrowing down to the KCPE marks in order to break that tie. But if all these fails, they were checking on the teaching practice grade that will now break the tie.

Allcandidates having this knowledge, it was a different approach as the Teacher’s service Commission has introduce a new approach of breaking the tie. They have now overlooked the form four grade as the first parameter that breaks the tie and they are now using the Teaching Practice grade. This has left many teachers questioning the credibility of the process and terming it as barbaric and lack of transparency in these interviews.

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The teachers have sworn not to leave any stone unturned as they are set to make noise to the TSC boss Nancy Macharia so that this parameter they are using to break the tie can be removed once and for all as it is inconveniencing some candidates as some Universities tend to award the Teaching practice grades the ways the feel.

Thereforeteachers, as you attend the interviews, just bear in mind that in case of a tie, your Teaching practice grade will be used to break it. Can you check your possibility of winning that interview by comparing your Teaching practice grade if you feel you are competitive in that interview.

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