More than 3800 Diploma teachers in Kenya have received good news today 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 promotion 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.
The Diploma teachers employed by TSC start their teaching career service by entering into job group C1-T-scale 6 which was previously known as Job group J according to the information provided by the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers secretary Akelo Misori. The degree holder teachers starts at job group C 2(T-scale 7) previously known as job group K. -The process of promoting Diploma teachers to Job group C2 started in 2017 under the career progression guidelines as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) 2017-2021. To move from Job group C2 to C3 a teacher is allowed to to undergo an interview process. The previous guidelines strictly required a teacher to stay in the same job group for 3 years before being promoted unlike the current one which requires a teacher to undergo interview process. A total number of 16,512 teacher were recently Promoted from when the interviews were done in February and December 2020.
A new implementation of the new CBA is in its last stage which will be done by 30th June, 2021. During the interviews, teachers are supposed to carry the following,
• must have a tax compliance certificate from KRA
• clearance certificate from HELB,EACC and CRB
• TSC registration certificate
• certificate of good conduct