The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has again released new guidelines on how teachers will be promoted.

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This is after the commissioner had earlier introduced a competitive recruitment procedure for all of the administrative positions.

The newly released guidelines state that promotion of teachers will be based on existence of funded vacancies in the approved establishment, minimum qualifications per grade and relevant Teacher Professional Development (TPD) modules. There will also be promotion based on the experience and best performance from the teachers.

The guidelines are still in line with what The Teachers Service Commissioner (TSC) Chief Executive, Nancy Macharia has hinted  earlier when she said that teachers will only be promoted based on the performance merit and nothing else. 

This has been revealed because  no promotions based on higher academic qualifications is mentioned in the guidelines.

“The guidelines effectively replace the following: scheme of service for non-graduate teachers, scheme of service for graduate teachers and scheme of service for technical teachers and lecturers,” Mrs Macharia said in a circular dubbed 'Career progression guidelines for teachers servicesent'. It was sent to TSC county directors and other education officials.

Institutions that will be affected by the guidelines includes:

Primary schools

A teacher will be required to have C (plain) in KCSE exam and Primary Teacher Education (PTE) Certificate while the entry grades for the visually and hearing impaired for PTE will be a C- (minus).

Secondary schools

Teachers will be required to have KCSE grade C+ (plus) and a Diploma in Education or KCSE C+ (plus) and a Bachelor’s degree in Education or a Postgraduate Diploma in Education.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions &  Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs)

Lecturers will be required to have KCSE C+ (plus) and a diploma in a relevant technical subject plus a Diploma in Technical Education, KCSE C- (minus), certificate, diploma and Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area plus a Diploma in Technical Education

Kenya Institute of Special Education, (KISE), Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA),and special needs institutions

Here the teacher will be required to have KCSE C+ (plus) and Diploma in Special Needs Education or KCSE C+ (plus) and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Needs Education

All teachers will be required to meet the requirements of Chapter 6 of the constitution and the commission’s requirements for any promotion