The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has released new promotion interview dates for teachers. This follows an earlier cancellation of interviews that were slated for the 26th to the 30th of May 2022
One thing that has irritated teachers in the teaching profession is the way their promotions are handled. Most of them are highly qualified for promotion, but there is currently no compelling explanation why they have not been promoted.
The interviews could not take place on the earlier scheduled dates as most teachers were engaged in the marking of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations. It took the intervention of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) to have the TSC postpone the interviews.
In the circumstances, we urge the Commission to immediately call off the interviews slated for this month and conduct the same in July or on any convenient dates after the marking of the KCSE exams.” Read a demand letter from KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori to the Commission.
It’s worth noting that a freshly hired graduate teacher will be placed in grade C2, which was previously known as job group K. The teacher will be promoted to grade C3 after three years. Despite possessing the qualifications for promotion, most instructors remain in grade C3, which used to be workgroup L.
In fact, the majority of teachers leave when their students reach grade C3. The majority of teachers believe that one day the commission will be fairer and encourage deserving teachers.
A teacher in grades C3 and C2 cannot hold an administration post, making these grades restrictive. A teacher must be interviewed in order to advance to grade C4. Qualified teachers are frequently asked to these interviews, which are usually advertised in the print media.
In July 2021, TSC embarked on the final phase of promotion of teachers for the financial year 2021/2022. A calendar of activities for the interviews was prepared with the last set of interviews scheduled to take place from 26/6/2022 to 30/6/2022.
How to pass TSC promotion interviews
Ensure that there is improvement in your teaching subject with respect to previous years. This means that there must be value addition in learners.
Prepare adequately for the interview day by doing proper research as far as the teaching profession is concerned.
Have a presentable filing system with all your professional documents including your teaching timetable
Ensure that you fill your TPAD form as a hard copy and soft copy within stipulated timelines
Proper documentation of any activity that you do. Even if you’ve counseled a student or participated in a community activity, there must be evidence. Nowadays the commission is evidence-based. This evidence can be produced during the interview day.
Proper understanding of TSC code
Why teachers may not be promoted
Inadequate budgetary for promotion
Lack of adequate preparation for interviews by teachers
Lack of appraisal report.