Early January the Commission posted a total of 1,995 intern teachers to schools.
The Commission had advertised 1,995 teacher internship posts in September 2021 where 1,038 posts went to primary schools and 957 posts to secondary schools.
TSC said the recruitment of the intern teachers was in support of the Governments initiative to develop a pool of young talents for the Kenyan Labour Market.
“TSC is determined to see that teachers are properly staffed. It is working with Ministry of Education to ensure enough teachers are provided by recruiting 5,000 teachers every year and also by engaging intern teachers,” reads a section of the policy.
TSC also extended internship for 4,005 teachers whose one year term ended in December 2021. TSC employs at least 6,000 intern teachers each year.
Interns attached to primary schools get a monthly stipend of Kshs. 15,000/= while those in secondary schools get Kshs. 20,000/=.
In the year 2020 recruitment of teachers on permanent terms TSC failed to automatically confirm intern teachers, instead it awarded them ten marks for serving under internship.
However in the new score sheet it released to guide recruitment of teachers in July 2021, TSC directed 30 marks to be awarded to applicants who will provide “evidence of internship service”.
There are still complains by some teachers on why intern teachers should be awarded 30 marks when some have served for less than two months under internship.
Some years ago TSC used to bar intern teachers from applying for permanent and pensionable jobs once under internship.
The teachers were only allowed to apply after finishing their contract. However this has changed.
TSC allows intern teachers to apply for January 2022 replacement vacancies
Letter of internship for a teacher
On 19th January 2022, the Commission declared 2,945 vacancies to replace teachers exiting service through natural attrition i.e. 2,053 posts for primary schools and 892 posts for secondary schools.