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Sources close to the teacher’s service commission, TSC, have revealed the when the newly employed intern teachers are set to be paid.

Early January this year, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) posted a total of 1,995 intern teachers to schools. Additionally, it renewed internship contract for 4,005 teachers whose one-year service contract ended in December 2021. This brought the total number of intern teachers to 6,000.

However, all the newly employed interns and those who renewed their contracts missed their January stipend and are currently struggling to pay for basic needs.

The Commission had advertised 1,995 teacher internship posts in September 2021 where 1,038 posts went to primary schools and 957 posts to secondary schools.

According to TSC, the recruitment of the intern teachers was in support of the Governments initiative to develop a pool of young talents for the Kenyan Labor Market.

“TSC is determined to see that teachers are properly staffed. It is working with Ministry of Education to ensure enough teachers are provided by recruiting 5,000 teachers every year and also by engaging intern teachers,” reads a section of the TSC internship policy.

Sadly, the recruited intern teachers missed their January pay. TSC said payment for intern teachers are made earlier depending on the date they were received in their new station.

Upon receiving the intern teachers, School heads are required to fill and submit online casualty. Delay in submitting online casualty form on time derails the Commission effort to effect payment.

However, TSC sources say the intern teachers attached to both primary and secondary schools should expect their stipend for January and February to be paid on Friday 25th February 2022.

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The teachers will also have their payslips made available on the TSC T-Pay portal to show the total earning plus deductions.

Interns attached to primary schools get a monthly stipend of Kshs. 15,000/=while those in secondary schools get Kshs.20,000/=.

In the year 2020 recruitment of teachers on permanent terms TSC failed to automatically confirm intern teachers, instead it awarded them ten marks for serving under internship. In the new score sheet it released to guide recruitment of teachers in July 2021, TSC directed 30 marks to be awarded to applicants who will provide “evidence of internship service”.

There are still complains by some teachers on why intern teachers should be awarded 30 marks when some have served for less than two months under internship.

Some years ago TSC used to bar intern teachers from applying for permanent and pensionable. The teachers were only allowed to apply after finishing their contract. However, this has changed. In January also the Commission declared 2,945 replacement vacancies to replace teachers exiting service through natural attrition i.e.2,053 posts for primary schools and 892 posts for secondary schools.

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