Uproar has greeted the decision by the Teachers Service Commission to award teachers under its internship program higher points. This is after the TSC announced that it had increased points to be awarded to teachers serving as interns from 10 to 30 per cent.

AT the same time, points awarded from unemployed teachers who graduate from college fell from 50 per cent to 25 per cent.

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“Internship is meant to make someone gain experience. Is it to say that only public schools can give that experience? Why is a teacher disadvantaged for working in a private institution serving public students?” a teacher was quoted as saying on the TSC interview marks schedule.

Under the TSC scoring system, teachers with a Masters degree, and first class honours bachelor’s degree who graduated in year 2015 or earlier will also gain a massive boost. It is this category of teachers together with interns who will stand the best chances of getting jobs with the commission.

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The TSC is seeking to employ 4,000 new secondary school teachers to be employed on a permanent and pensionable term. 2,897 more will be hired to replace retired teachers in high schools.

TSC announced 1,000 vacancies in primary schools and also intends to promote 1,000 teachers from primary to secondary schools. In addition, 927 new teachers will also be hired to replace those who retired or quit their jobs in primary schools.

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