Teachers whose registration certificate is lost, misplaced, or destroyed will now have a chance to apply for a duplicate Certificate of registration from the Teachers Service Commission, TSC online without necessarily going in person to the commission’s headquarters to apply for it.
According to a memo to all TSC regional and county directors, the commission moved the service to its online system effective February 7, 2022. It was signed by Dr. Reuben Nthamburi on behalf of the CEO Nancy Macharia and dated February 2, 2022
Teachers will now be required to pay a non-refundable fee of 2,060 shillings. The move is aimed at reducing the number of teachers who frequently visit the Commission headquarters for the service creating unnecessary human traffic. It also cuts down costs for teachers in terms of money and time.
TSC has advised teachers to return the certificate to the commission where there needs to be a change affecting particulars entered in the Commissions register such as an error in the ID number, names, and postal address. However, there must be explanations or declarations to justify the proposed changes.
Where the full name is changed on account of marriage, the Commission has advised the affected teachers to provide proof of marriage and in this case, a marriage certificate.
Last year, the commission moved all teachers’ leave of absence online effective December 1, 2021, in a move that is aimed at improving service delivery to its employees and stakeholders.
Recruiting, promotions and transfer of teachers have also been moved online in an apparent step towards the Commission providing most of its services online to improve service delivery in line with its 2019-2023 strategic plan.
According to the code of registrations for teachers, a person is eligible to be registered as a teacher if the person is of good moral character, holds a relevant academic and professional qualification from a training institution recognized in Kenya, and meets the requirements for registration set by the Commission from time to time.
The entry grade into BA or BSC is pegged at KCSE mean grade of C+ with a B- in three teaching subjects. This is a shift from the current arrangement where universities admit students into the Bachelor of Education program with a minimum KCSE mean grade of C+ in two subjects of specialization. Teachers at this level teach three subjects at junior and senior secondary ranks.