TSC Blacklists Intern Teachers Who Did not Renew Contract
TSC Blacklists Intern Teachers Who Did not Renew Contract. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has taken action against trainee teachers who refused to renew their traineeship contracts for a second year, blacklisting them from future teaching opportunities with the TSC. The commission received information about those teachers who did not report to their workplaces in January, mostly related to those assigned to the junior high school section. Consequently, TSC has re-advertised the vacancies and is currently accepting online applications.
In December, the Commission re-advertised 1,098 vacancies for in-service teachers in lower schools who did not report to their schools after securing employment opportunities. The TSC has specifically stated that in 2025 it will be confirmed that only in-service teachers who renew their contracts will join the payroll.
In-service teachers at the junior high school rejected the extension and advocated immediate confirmation for permanent tenure after a year’s tenure. However, the commission insisted on the necessity of another year of service before confirmation.
The TSC highlighted government policy for teachers to complete a two-year stint before being absorbed into indefinite tenure and retirement. This policy change, as mentioned by President William Ruto, aims to address staffing gaps in junior schools. Despite President Ruto’s assurances, practicing teachers say the original agreement was a one-year non-renewable contract and are baffled by the two-year extension.
Trainee teachers affiliated to the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) have loudly protested TSC’s plan to extend the traineeship contract. They cite inadequate monthly stipends, deductions reducing their earnings and demanding working conditions in remote schools as primary problems. Despite their complaints, the TSC is standing firm in its position, requiring a two-year traineeship commitment before transitioning to permanent and pensionable terms.
At the same time, TSC acknowledges the severe shortage of teachers in junior secondary schools, with CEO Nancy Macharia highlighting the need for 99,045 teachers against the current number of 56,928. TSC plans to recruit at least 20,000 new teachers in the next financial year to address this shortage. But problems remain as schools reopening under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) face staff shortages and additional teachers will not be hired until July.
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