Teachers Service Commission is under pressure from the Senate to scrap the advantage marks awarded to teachers serving under intern during permanent employment. The senators have criticized the move and want TSC boss, Nancy Macharia to appear before Senate Education Committee over the same. The house is also against the continued employment of teachers under internship by TSC.
In January this year, the Macharia led commission recruited 6,000 intern teachers. This was meant to address the teacher shortage in schools caused by the 100% transition. During the recently concluded permanent employment, every intern was awarded automatically 30 marks during the interviews. Prospective teachers who had no internship were locked out. The commission has also reduced the marks awarded for length of stay after graduating, which used to give priority to older unemployed graduates.
Protests over alleged favoritism rocked the Teachers Service Commission in the aftermath recruitment of 9,000 teachers. Unemployed teachers and those working in private schools seeking employment protested what they claimed was a skewed scoring method that disadvantages them while favouring interns serving under the commission.
The teachers’ internship programme forms part of the economic stimulus package President Uhuru Kenyatta initiated in response to the Covid-19 crisis. In December 2020, TSC boss Nancy Macharia told MPs the programme was a short-term solution to the shortage of teachers.