TSC Biometric Registration: The Teachers Service Commission has kicked off a mass head count and biometric registration of all teachers across the country. Through the exercise, teachers who are currently earning salaries without proper documentation will be sent home. And those who irregularly acquired TSC registration numbers without following due process will also be identified and de-listed.
The registration under the Biometric Enrollment and Validation of Teachers kicked off yesterday. “The biometric registration shall entail validation of data of teachers in all public primary and secondary schools, Teacher Training Colleges, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) and Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE),” TSC said. Data on teachers in special programmes and curriculum support officers in all zones will be taken as well as teacher interns and those on contract.
“To effectively manage the growing teaching resource, we need to maintain an up-to-date data on all the teachers employed by the TSC and to achieve this, the commission has planned to conduct a biometric enrolment of all teachers,” the TSC said.
Teachers will be registered in their respective schools. Those who have been interdicted, suspended or are on leave will be expected to register at their last duty stations. According to a report that appeared in a local daily, “they will be required to provide a TSC certificate of registration, their national identity card, letter of first and last appointment together with their academic and professional certificates.”
In addition, “teachers with disabilities will be required to provide a disability registration certificate, while those who have been released to other programmes like the teachers’ unions will have to show their letters of release.”
The latest data released by the TSC ahead of the TSC headcount says there are 316,662 teachers in both primary and secondary schools across the country. Of these, the TSC document says there are some 217,281 teachers deployed in 22,633 primary schools. Another 99,381 teachers are currently serving in 8,865 secondary schools.