Teachers Service Commission has refuted claims suggesting that there will be mass recruitment of internship teachers in this month of August. This comes after several reports surfaced online claiming that the commission is planning to employ more intern teachers to help curb shortage of teachers in public secondary schools who are struggling with high numbers of form one enrollment.
Trans Nzoia Education County Director Dickson Ogonya has since warned teachers to avoid being mislead by such reports terming them as rumours. He was speaking during a public forum with teachers in Trans Nzoia county.
Ogonya further retaliated that Teachers Service Commission has moved from its traditional way of carrying out the employment of teachers in the middle of the term. According to him, this is meant to avoid distracting learning in schools during interviews. This rules out any possibility of of having the internship recruitment before schools close.
However, the county Director did not rule out the possibility of the exercise taking place in the near future. He says the teachers’ employer will announce the intern vacancies when it is the right time to do so. Several reports within the commission indicate that the recruitment of intern teachers is likely to take place during October holiday when schools are closed or December Christmas holiday, as it was in the case last year. This will see their contract run for one calendar year.
Last month alone, TSC employed over 6,000 teachers into secondary schools on permanent terms. And other 1,000 teachers to primary Schools. The teachers are likely to report to their stations as from next month. It is expected again that more teachers will be recruited as interns to team up with the rest in not only solving teacher shortage but also prepare for Competency Based Curriculum.
Overview of Teacher Internship Programme
- Internship is a period of work experience offered by the Commission to give newly qualified teachers an opportunity for guided practice needed to acquire and demonstrate teaching knowledge, skills & dispositions required in the teaching service.
- It is a temporary position for a period of twelve (12) continuous months.
- Interns will work under the guidance and supervision of the head of the institution-the Supervisor.
- A Supervisor (head of institution) will assign a mentor to assist the interns acquire necessary skills.
- A mentor is a teacher who is recognized by TSC for his/her practical knowledge of the teaching profession and/or other areas of expertise which support theoretical knowledge acquired from the training Institutions.
- Once appointed, teacher interns will be posted to the sub county or school where they applied for primary and secondary schools respectively.