TSC Recruitment Guidelines & Requirements 2023/2024

Want to become a teacher? Learn about the eligibility criteria, application process, and qualifications in the TSC recruitment guidelines for 2023/2024

Sep 21, 2023 - 10:38
Sep 23, 2023 - 22:59
TSC Recruitment Guidelines & Requirements 2023/2024
TSC Recruitment Guidelines & Requirements 2023/2024

Are you an aspiring teacher looking to join the ranks of the Kenyan educational system through the Teachers Service Commission (TSC)? The TSC recruitment guidelines and requirements for 2023/2024 are here to guide you through the process. 

In this article, I will cover everything you need to know, from eligibility criteria to the application process and qualifications. Let's dive in and ensure you're well-prepared for this exciting journey into the world of teaching.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) plays a crucial role in shaping the future of education in Kenya. They hire teachers based on recruitment standards set periodically. This article will explore the essential information you need to join this esteemed profession.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for employment by the TSC, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Kenyan Citizenship: You must be a Kenyan native.
  2. Age Limit: Applicants must be 45 years of age or younger.
  3. Teacher Registration: As stated in Section 23 of the Teachers Service Commission Act 2012, you must be registered as a teacher. If you're registered but lack Certificates of Registration, you must include a copy of the online record of your TSC Number and the original bank pay-in slip for teacher registration.
  4. Academic and Professional Certificates: You'll need to provide original academic and professional certificates, which may include:
    • CPE/KCPE/KCSE Certificate
    • PTE Certificate
    • Diploma Certificate
    • Degree Certificate
    • School Leaving Certificate
  1. Note: Candidates without academic and professional certificates must demonstrate that they have requested approval from KNEC (Kenya National Examinations Council) and follow up with KNEC within 14 days.

Qualifications for Recruitment by TSC

Let's delve into the specific qualifications for various categories of teachers:

1. Graduated Teachers

If you aspire to be a graduate teacher, you must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum average grade of C+ (plus) at KCSE and C+ (plus) in each of the two teaching areas, or a minimum of two (2) principles and one (1) subsidiary pass at 'A' Level.
  • Possess a Bachelor of Education degree in two (2) teaching topics.
  • Alternatively, you can have a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with two teaching subjects.
  • Bachelor of Science with Education or Bachelor of Arts with Education degrees with two teaching areas also meet the requirements.
  • Note: Bachelor of Education holders with a C-plain mean grade and C-plain in the two teaching areas at KCSE who have also taken a diploma or A-Level are eligible.

2. Diploma Teacher Applicants

If you are applying as a diploma teacher, you must fulfill these criteria:

  • Attain a mean grade of C+ (plus) at KCSE or its equivalent, along with at least C+ (or Credit Pass) in the two teaching subjects or at least one principal and two subsidiary courses at the 'A' level.
  • Hold a Diploma in Education from an approved Teacher Training Institution.
  • Diploma Teachers who graduated in 2008 or before with a mean grade of C (plain) or C (plain) in the two teaching areas are also eligible.

3. Certified Teachers

If you're aiming to be a certified teacher, here are the requirements:

  • A minimum grade of C-plain on the KCSE and above.
  • Possess a PTE (Primary Teacher Education) Certificate from KNEC.
  • Achieve a mean grade of C- (minus) if you are deaf or blind.
  • Special Needs Education: KSL (Kenyan Sign Language) and Braille are considered second-teaching subjects for teachers, such as Biology/KSL and Geography/Braille.

Additional Notes:

  • Applicants with degrees in Economics/Accounting, Social Education, and Ethics can apply for business studies and CRE/IRE (Christian Religious Education/Islamic Religious Education) jobs, respectively.
  • Diploma teachers in English or other areas can work as teachers or literature teachers.
  • All applicants must have studied the two teaching subjects at KCSE, except for agriculture, business studies, home science, and computers.
  • If you didn't take business studies and computers in KCSE, you should have attained a C+ in math.
  • You should have attained a C+ in biology at KCSE if you didn't study agriculture and home science.
  • Graduate teachers should have studied at least eight-course units in each teaching field.
  • If you have a certificate of improvement or a transcript from an approved school, you are qualified for a job.

Special Considerations for Age

Teachers over 45 years old can still apply to be hired temporarily. These teachers will be hired on a 3-year contract, which can be renewed based on their success. However, teachers who sign the contract will only be able to work up to the age of 65.

Application Process

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are eager to become a part of the teaching community, you can follow these steps to apply:

  • Applicants for jobs in primary schools should have a P1 certificate.
  • Apply through the TSC Recruitment application portal in the county where a job opening has been posted.
  • Submit all necessary academic and professional documents to complete your application.

Selection Process

Most primary school teachers are chosen through competitive interviews. On selection day, you should bring the following original papers to the sub-county selection panel:

  • The National Identity Card
  • If the test was taken twice, CPE/KCPE certificates, including the first-attempt certificate.
  • PTE certificate.
  • School or college graduation certificates

For Secondary School Positions:

Applicants for jobs in secondary schools must have at least a Diploma in Education Certificate.

Please note that The Teachers Service Commission only deals with TSC County Directors and Boards of Management in this process. A straight application to the Commission will NOT be considered.

For more information about openings in sub-counties, schools, or institutions, you can:

  • Visit the TSC site at the TSC Website
  • Visit the TSC office in your County or Sub-County of choice.

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Becoming a teacher through the Teachers Service Commission is an admirable career choice, and the TSC recruitment guidelines and requirements for 2023/2024 provide a clear path for aspiring educators. Meeting the eligibility criteria, having the right qualifications, and following the application and selection process will set you on the road to success in teaching. Good luck on your journey towards shaping the minds of future generations!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can non-Kenyans apply for teaching positions in Kenya? No, only Kenyan citizens can apply for teaching positions with the TSC.
  2. What should I do if my academic and professional certificates are from foreign institutions? Before applying, foreign certificates must be verified by the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) and the Commission for University Education (CUE).
  3. Is there an age limit for temporary teachers? Yes, temporary teachers cannot work beyond the age of 65.
  4. How often does the TSC conduct teacher recruitment exercises? Recruitment exercises typically occur annually, but checking the TSC website for updates and announcements is essential.
  5. What happens if I don't meet the subject requirements for my desired teaching position? Consider upgrading your qualifications or exploring alternative subject areas that align with your academic background.

Contact the official TSC website and local advertisements for the most up-to-date recruitment opportunities and requirements information.

Joseph Richard Joseph is a graduate of Mathematics and Computer Science (Applied Option). With expertise in Technology and Finance, he brings his knowledge to the field, demonstrating an authoritative understanding of these interrelated areas. Joseph is pursuing a Master's in Software Engineering, further expanding his skill set.