Diploma Promotion Interview Questions; What You Expect On Interview Day

More than 3800 Diploma teachers in Kenya received good news from Teacher Service commission inviting them for interviews in their respective counties scheduled to start on 24th, May 2021. Diploma teachers in Secondary schools will be competing for a chance to get promoted in the 1000 advertised promotion posts by Teacher Service Commission (TSC). Most of the counties in the country by today have invited the Diploma teachers who had applied for the promotion which is to commence next week. The exercise was to be carried in march but was postponed because Kenya National Examination council invited them for marking of examinations. Teachers who will be attending the interviews are required to collect their invitation letters from the County Directors of education TSC in their respective counties. 0 the Diploma teachers will be happy for this exercise. This is because they have stagnated in the same job group for over seven years as compared to their colleagues with Bachelor’s degree in education.

The Teacher Service Commission released circulars to the regional county directors TSC through the TSC staffing director Madam Wahome Rita indicating the whole exercise will begin next week on 24th May up to 28th May,2021. Therefore this calls for preparedness for those who have been invited for those interviews. Our team has researched on the areas the candidates will be interviewed on and we have come up with a list of those questions. The questions will guide you to determine the answers to those interview questions.

Documents to Carry During Interviews

  1. Professional and academic Documents iwhich include;
  • Schemes of work
  • Lesson plans
  • Records of work
  • Progress Record

If you are asked the importance of the above documents, they are meant to make teaching and learning effective.

Areas that interview questions will touch

  1. Contemporary issues i.e BBI
  2. Safety of learners i.e doors, windows, fire fighting, fire assembly
  3. TSC core values and governance article 10 on rule of law
  4. Chapter six of the constitution on leadership and integrity
  5. Article 232 values of public servant
  6. Parliament acts- TSC Act on basic education act
  7. Roles of a teacher i.e HoDs and HoSs
  8. Curriculum implementation
  9. Time Management
  10. Education Reforms i.e 2017 CBC and competencies in CBC
  11. Challenges in teaching
  12. Creation of TSC And functions of TSC
  13. Expanded mandate of TSC i.e
  • Training and education progress in colleges
  • Monitoring Demand and supply of teachers
  • Advising the government on matters of teaching profession

TSC FAQs on Online payslips

1. How do I access my online payslips?

Register for the payslip service by selecting registration/activate account on online payslips under online services. If you encounter problem when registering visit nearest TSC county office with your original ID.

2. I’ve tried registering but still getting invalid fields, what do I do?

email us at [email protected] and we shall get back to you on the issue.

kindly ensure you give us the following details;

1. full names

2. TSC No.

3. the invalid message you are receiving to enable us assist you better e.g invalid account number, invalid DOB.

3. How can I recover my forgotten password?

Try to remember the secret question and reset your password by clicking forgot password on the login page.

TSC FAQs on new teacher registration

1. How can I register as a teacher?

Use the online step by step guide to register as a TSC teacher. Ensure you have scanned the following prior to starting the registration process;

1.all your academic certificates i.e. primary,secondary,university and college

2. University or college transcripts

3. passport photo

4. banking slip of the registration payment done.

2. How will I know that I’ve been registered?

To check your registration status, on the TSC website under online services select teachers online and choose registration status.

3. How long will certification take?

The certification will take 30 days.

TSC FAQs on Human Resource

1. When do I qualify for a Transfer?

Transfers are subject to availability of vacancies and replacement . If a vacancy is a available and the school gets a suitable replacement, the teacher requesting for the transfer gets it.

3. When do qualified teachers get employed by T.S.C?

1. Available vacancies are advertised in the local dailies, subsequently procedures for applications are provided.

2. All advertised posts are available on the teachersonline.

TSC FAQS on Recruitment, Staffing and Promotion

1. Why have not been promoted after completing three years yet its automatic?

Lack of appraisal report.

2. Promotion through interviews (M – R): Why have I not been promoted after several interviews?

1. Inadequate budgetary promotion.

2. Lack of adequate preparation for interviews by teachers.

3. Why is my transfer request not granted after several applications?

1. Lack of replacement/ vacancy.

2. Not completed the 5 year mandatory rule since employment.

4. Deployments: Why was I demoted from Headship?

1. Adverse repots (Financial etc)

2. Poor performance (Curriculum implementation & Supervision)

5. Posting: Why was my appeal to alternative stations not granted?

1. Postings are done for equitable distribution of teachers.

2. Lack of vacancy.

6. Recruitment: Why was our school not given any slots for recruitment?

Overall vacancies slots given are very few in comparison to the total shortage.

7. Posting: Why was I not posted to schools of my choice after study leave/discipline?

1. Postings are done for equitable distribution of teachers.

2. Lack of vacancy.

8 Recruitment: Is the TSC considering teachers with disabilities on the 5% affirmative action?

They have to apply and attend interviews. They are given preference where there is a tie between to applicants.

9 Why are teachers with below C Plain being left out yet they have Completed University training?

The Commission has set the minimum requirements for persons entering the teacher service.


1. How do I reset my pasword?

Contact your County Director, Deputy County Director, Sub-County Director, County Staffing Officer or your County ICT Officer for assistance with resetting your passwords.

2. I cannot find a teacher in TPAD

Ensure the teacher is captured in TMIS (Teacher Management Information System) by the Principal/Headteacher.

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