Teachers Service Commission is set to advertise the recruitment of interns teachers vacancies in the coming months. To qualify, application must meet TSC requirements for the employment. The author takes the applicants through the requirements for the employment of one as an intern teacher in Kenya.


Eligibility for Graduate Teacher Interns

  • Applicants must have a minimum mean grade of C+ (plus) at KCSE and C+
    (plus) in each of the two teaching subjects or two (2) Principles and one (1) Subsidiary pass at “A’ Level. Besides, they must have:
  • A Bachelor of Education Degree with two (2) teaching subjects.
  • A Bachelor of Science or Arts Degree plus a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with two teaching subjects.
  • Bachelor of Science with Education/Bachelor of Arts with Education with two teaching subjects.
  • Bachelor of Education holders with Mean Grade of C (Plain) and C (Plain) in the two teaching subjects at KCSE and have undertaken a Diploma in Education or gone through the A-Level system in the relevant area(s) are eligible.
  • Bridging/Pre-university certificates for those who completed the course before December 31″ 2015 may be considered.
    Eligibility for Diploma Teacher Interns

Applicants must have a minimum Mean Grade of C+ (Plus) at KCSE or its
equivalent with at least C+ (Plus) (or Credit pass) in the two teaching subjects or one (1) Principle and two (2) Subsidiaries at ‘“A’-Level. Also, they must have a Diploma in Education from a recognized Teacher Training Institution.

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Diploma Teachers who graduated in 2008 or before with a Mean Grade of C (Plain) and C (Plain) in the two teaching subjects are eligible;

Hearing and Visually impaired teachers who enrolled for training with Mean Grade of C (Plain) and C (Plain) in the two teaching subjects are eligible.

Boards of Management of schools are required to conduct the selection exercise for the advertised vacancies in their respective institutions.

The Selection Panel will be expected to exercise the highest degree of transparency and accountability, as stipulated in the Public Officers Ethics Act, and TSC Code of Conduct and Ethics for Teachers. The Head of Institution is required to induct members of the Board of Management/Selection panel on the relevant areas of the TSC Act, the Code of Regulations for Teachers (CORT) and the relevant administrative procedures before the commencement of the exercise.

The TSC County Director MUST ensure that the recruitment process is done in strict adherence to the protocols by the Ministry of Health on containment of COVID- 19 pandemic.

All applicants must be registered teachers as per Section 23(1) of the Teachers Service Commission Act, 2012. Applicants who are not registered do not qualify to be recruited,

Applicants who apply for confirmation of results from KNEC should provide the address of the County Director where they made their application.

It will be the responsibility of the applicants to ensure that the results are received within 14 days after the verification of certificates by the County Directors.

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Applicants whose names differ In the certificates and/or identity cards are required to provide a duly Affidavit explaining the variation in names or the sequence thereof.

Applicants who re-sat either KCPE or KCSE examinations (or their equivalent) MUST present certified copies of the certificate(s) of the national examination(s) in question for all attempts.

Applicants will be required to submit their applications to The Secretary, Teachers Service Commission through online platform www.teacheronline.tsc.go.ke for the county where a vacancy has been declared,

System generated Merit list will be sent to the County Directors. Upon receipt of the Merit List, the County Directors shall share with their respective Sub-County Directors and Heads of Institutions. Heads of Institutions shall use the Merit List to organize for the interviews in consultation with their respective Sub-County Directors.


Upon invitation for an interview, applicants will be expected to appear with originals and clear copies of the following documents:

1. National Identification card

2. National Council of Persons with Disability (NCPWD) Card (where applicable)

3. KCPE certificate or its equivalent {include certificates for attempts if one repeated exams)

4. KCSE certificates or it’s equivalent (include certificates for attempts if one
repeated exams)

5. Diploma/Degree certificate and official transcripts

6. Certificate of Registration as a teacher

7. Sworn Affidavit where names appearing on the submitted documents differ

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8. Primary and Secondary School leaving certificates and other relevant testimonials.

The date, venue and time of the interview should be displayed on Notice Boards at the County, Sub-Counties, Zonal and Institutional offices.

Heads of Institutions should communicate to all shortlisted applicants through SMS (Short Message Service) at least seven (7) days before the actual date of the interview.

This provision MUST be strictly observed to ensure that all applicants are notified of the date of the Interview, venue and time.

All applicants, regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity or Home County should be given equal opportunity. However, in case of a tie in the scores by the applicants, consideration will be given on the following in their order of priority:

Applicant (s) disability status, if any;
The Applicant’s performance/ grade in teaching practice;
Preference will be given to applicant/s who graduated earlier;
The academic and professional performance demonstrated through certificates
ie. higher aggregate KCSE grade will be given foremost consideration.
The names of Interviewed applicants ranked in order of performance during the selection process for each vacancy (Appendix iii) will be submitted to the Commission by the County Director together with relevant recruitment documents.

Applicants who were previously employed by the Commission DO NOT qualify for the internship programme.

TSC County Directors MUST ensure that Heads of Institutions confirm the online registration status of the applicants to avoid engaging unregistered/deregistered teachers in the selection process.


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