The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is mandated by Kenya constitution to recruit, promote and remunerate teachers according to the stipulated guidelines and regulations of TSC Act. Currently the commission is led by Dr. Nancy Macharia who has been working tirelessly to implement any changes in the service to promote and raise teaching standards.
According to TSC, implementation of Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) will require all secondary school teacher have more workload as compared to what they have been delivering under the old 8:4:4 curriculum.According to the latest reports, secondary school teachers will be required to teach three subjects.
Trusted sources have revealed that all teachers employed by the commission will also be introduced to Information Communication Technology (ICT) course will act as an added skill.
Therefore, all teachers are advised to comply with CBC requirements for better delivery of their services. The introduction of Teacher Program Development (T.P.D) modules to all teachers is one of the requirement for preparation to implement CBC.
Reliable sources have hinted that the commission is planning to implement the three subject teaching in high school early next year at the beginning of the Academic year in April.
Currently all teachers teaching in secondary schools teach only two subjects apart from English teachers who only teach only one. According to the latest Teacher Service Commission(TSC)recommendations,all teachers are expected to be teaching three Subjects.
In reference to Teacher Service Commission (TSC) document, the document outlines that the minimum entry requirements for a teacher intending to join the teaching service, that’s teacher in secondary schools will have to teach three subjects in Junior secondary and Senior secondary level.
Information and Communication Technology(ICT) skill will be the additional compulsory additional requirement to all teachers before entering the teaching world.
Form fours leaver of 2021 who will be hoping to pursue teaching course in higher institutions will be required to have a minimum mean grade in KCSE of C+ (plus) and have a minimum of a B-(minus) in all the three teaching subjects unlike initially where the minimum requirement in teaching subject was a C+ (plus).
The study Period which was initially four years will be reduced up to three years for all the teachers. The teachers undertaking Bachelors of science or Arts will have to study for three years and go for a Post Graduate Diploma in Education(PGDE)for a further one year to acquire skills on teachers Education.
If in any case there are students who underwent through a training for both Diploma and Degree for teaching course without having the above mentioned requirements, No one among them will be registered or get employment by the Teacher Service Commission.
The Teacher Service Commission(TSC) has proposed that in review of these new requirements, all training institutions should only admit learners who will be wishing to undertake the teaching course in line with the teacher service commission requirements this coming September 2021.
To add on the above requirements, the following are also necessary for a teacher to be registered by TSC
Anybody registering as a teacher, he or she must have the following requirements
1. Must have a certificate of good conduct.
2. Must have a certified copy of identity card or passport.
3. Must have a copy of KRA pin certificate.
4. Must have in possession at academic and professional certificate from a recognized institution which is relevant.
5. Dully filled GP 69 medical form.
6. Tax compliance certificate from KRA
7. Clearance certificate from HELB
8. Certificate in Integration of ICT in education