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TSC Hiring 2020: The Teachers Service Commission has revised the process of hiring and promoting its senior school administrators, including school heads, deputies, and senior teachers.

Following this revision, regional TSC directors will now have power to deploy primary and secondary schools heads, their deputies, senior teachers and other administrators.

However, recruitment and promotion of administrators in extra-county and national schools will be conducted by TSC from its headquarters. “Pursuant to section 20 of the TSC Act, and in view of the Commission’s strategic pillar on re-engineering of its processes as per the current Strategic Plan, the Commission has directed that the Appointment and Deployment of institutional administrators be decentralized and coordinated by the Regional Director,” TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia said in a circular.

The TSC specified that Institutional Administrators will comprise of the Principal, Deputy Principal, head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Dean, Registrar, Senior Master and Senior Teacher

Ms. Macharia further announced that the commission has developed guidelines to enable the officers to effectively perform the function.

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“The guidelines should be read together with the Commission’s policy on appointment and deployment of institutional administrators, career progression guidelines, the code of regulation and other regulations governing the teaching service,” said Ms Macharia in the circular.

She added that the aim of the change was to promote efficiency in the appointment and deployment of administrators to public schools.

In the new regulations, county directors will identify the available administrative vacancies. These will then be advertised by the head office, which will also short list candidates and send the lists to respective counties.

The regional directors will be expected to conduct interviews for selected candidates in collaboration with the respective county directors. The regional directors will then appoint and deploy successful candidates.

According to the guidelines, a single-stream school (primary or secondary) will be required to have one head teacher or principal, a deputy and senior teachers.

A primary school with 10 streams and a maximum of 4,000 pupils will have one head teacher, two deputies and eight senior teachers. A secondary school with 12 streams and a maximum of 2,100 students will have one principal, two deputies and nine senior teachers.

A teacher in primary school will be required to have a maximum of 35 lessons while one in secondary school will be required to handle 27 lessons per week.

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