September 26, 2023

Process for interviews and Selection of New Teachers at the TSC County Levels in Kenya.

The interview and selection process for new teachers at the TSC County level involves multiple steps and documentation to ensure a transparent and fair selection process. Here’s a breakdown of the process and the documents involved:

  1. County Selection Panel Minutes:
    • The minutes of the County Selection Panel meetings are prepared. These minutes are signed by the Chairperson and Secretary of the panel. They document the discussions, decisions, and actions taken during the selection process.
  2. County Merit List (Appendix IV):
    • The County Merit List is compiled, containing the names of applicants who have been assessed and selected based on their qualifications and performance during the interview process. This list is submitted to the TSC Headquarters in both soft (Excel) format via and hard copy.
  3. List of Selected Applicants:
    • A list of all the selected applicants is prepared based on the current merit list. This list includes the names of applicants who have been chosen for employment as teachers.
  4. List of Absent Applicants:
    • A list of applicants who did not appear on the merit list is prepared. This list includes the names of candidates who were absent during the certificate verification exercise or did not meet the selection criteria.
  5. Application for Employment Forms (APPT I):
    • Duly filled Application for Employment Forms (APPT I) are submitted for the selected applicants. These forms provide essential information about the applicants.
  6. Verification of Educational Results:
    • For applicants without original certificates, an original statement of confirmation of PTE/KCSE/KCPE results from KNEC (Kenya National Examinations Council) is obtained.
  7. Certified Copies of Documents:
    • Certified copies of various documents are submitted for the selected applicants. These include:
      • National identification card
      • National Council of Persons with Disability (NCPWD) Card (if applicable)
      • Passport size photographs
      • KCPE Certificates
      • KCSE Certificates (including first attempt certificate if applicable)
      • PTE Certificate
      • Primary and Secondary Schools and college leaving certificates and other testimonials
      • KRA PIN certificate, Bank form, and Bank plate for payroll purposes
  8. Written Commitment by Applicants:
    • The selected applicants provide a written commitment to serve in any county they are posted to for a specified minimum period. This commitment is often five (5) years, with a shorter period for the North Eastern region.
  9. Panel Score Sheet (Appendix I):
    • The Panel Score Sheet, which likely contains the evaluation criteria and scores assigned to applicants during the interview process, is submitted both in soft (Excel) format via email and hard copy.
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Selection Criteria and Rigorous Evaluation

The process begins with a rigorous evaluation of applicants’ qualifications and experience. Candidates’ academic achievements, teaching qualifications, and relevant certifications are carefully assessed.

However, the selection process goes beyond academic achievements. The assessment includes an evaluation of candidates’ teaching philosophy, their ability to communicate effectively, and their commitment to the profession.

The Interview Process

Interviews form a crucial part of the selection process. Beyond the evaluation of paper qualifications, interviews provide an opportunity to gauge candidates’ interpersonal skills, teaching methods, and adaptability. During these interviews, candidates are probed on their teaching approaches, classroom management strategies, and their views on fostering a conducive learning environment.

Fostering Commitment

A standout aspect of the selection process is the requirement for selected candidates to commit to serving in the designated counties for a specified duration. This commitment is a strategic move to ensure stability in the education system and to address regional disparities in the availability of qualified teachers. By encouraging teachers to serve in various counties, the TSC promotes inclusivity and equal access to quality education.

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