TSC Internship 2023/2024; Outrage as Thousands of Teacher Interns Locked out of Verification
According to the latest TSC recruitment news reaching us today, the long-serving graduate teachers presented their documents for verification at the respective county offices as directed only for them to be turned down.
Intern teachers who were interested in filling the 2023/2024 TSC internship vacancies within Nairobi County were left speechless after weird demands were made including evidence of being born and bred in Nairobi.
Candidates were also expected to produce watertight evidence of being voters in particular sub-counties within the city.
The new TSC internship recruitment process for sure has paved the way for corruption, especially nepotism.
There is a lot of disgruntlement surrounding the whole recruitment process. Allegations have been leveled against some TSC officials who are demanding bribes sometimes amounting to a whooping Kshs 300, 000 so that they can favor some candidates.
Those in Nairobi who had been called by TSC for the final verification process that paves the way for the signing of one-year internship agreements told The Standard they were shocked to be asked to produce evidence of being born or being voters in particular sub-counties.
This was not amongst the requirements that the TSC sub-county officials had asked them to fulfill upon being informed that their applications were successful, they said.
Some of the items they were required to provide were birth certificates, marriage certificates, title deeds of property owned, or electoral cards.
“Greetings, upon your successful application for internship you are required to attend a brief meeting on August 8, 2023 (Tuesday) at Baraka Primary in Makadara, Buruburu Zone at exactly 9. 00 am with original and very clear copies of the following…,” read a text sent to one of the graduate teachers who had applied for an internship opportunity for Junior Secondary School in Makadara sub-county.
Besides academic certificates, the ‘successful’ applicants were required to bring along two Passport Size Colored photographs, a KRA pin certificate, a clear bank plate /ATM card, a duly filled pay point particulars form, NHIF card, NSSF card, Primary and Secondary leaving certificates and original medical examination report.
Others were a copy of the Personal Accident Insurance Cover, a clear graduation booklet with cover page and serial number page where their names appear only, an Affidavit (where names differ or initials are used), duly signed next of kin form downloaded from TSC website, birth certificate, and National ID.
But the applicants were shocked when they were addressed by administrators, largely assistant county commissioners (formerly D.Os), who demanded that they produce evidence of being born in respective sub-counties, owning property, or being voters.
An attempt by The Standard newspaper to address the concerns of teacher graduates was futile since the TSC officials are yet to comment or address the issues raised.
Our key concern is the fact that corruption is slowly groping into the education sector, a sector that should strike a balance between the haves and the have-nots.