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TSC Posting Letters for P1 Teachers with DPTE to Junior Secondary Schools (JSS)

TSC Posting Letters for P1 Teachers with DPTE to Junior Secondary Schools (JSS)
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TSC Posting Letters for P1 Teachers with DPTE to Junior Secondary Schools (JSS)

Junior Secondary School (JSS) learners reported to their former primary schools approved to host junior secondary school on Monday. Spotting brand new school uniforms as directed by the CS Education Ezekiel Machogu, the JSS grade seven learners reported in style. However, there have been concerns bordering on who will handle the JSS learners.

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Sources within the Teachers service Commission (TSC) have however intimated that parents and guardians should array their fears since the Commission has already dispatched deployment letters for P1 teachers with Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE) to start handling grade seven learners before the newly recruited JSS teachers report in February 2023. Read the full details below.

TSC Deploys P1 Teachers with DPTE to JSS

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has deployed 6,000 P1 teachers to teach in junior secondary schools starting in January 2023, following a fruitful meeting between representatives of the Teachers Union and the TSC.

Teachers with TSC certification are expected to have the qualifications necessary for placement in secondary schools.

TSC has been urged by KNUT to permit primary school teachers with a secondary option degree but a C plain on the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) to instruct in junior secondary.

According to Macharia, TSC suspended automatic promotions on January 9, 2014, because they were financially unsustainable due to the growing number of teachers with graduate degrees.

The promotion and deployment of educators with diplomas, postgraduate degrees, and degrees from a variety of accredited educational institutions were sought by Members of Parliament (MPs), but not by students who received a mean KCSE grade of C (simple) or lower.

TSC’s new promotion strategy would only consider PTE teachers who received C+(plus) in the KCSE Knec Examinations. Individuals interested in applying should visit the Teachers Service Commission’s online portal (TSC Online).

Requirements

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  1. You must be a Kenyan citizen.
  2. Have a P1 certificate.
  3. Have a Bachelor’s degree in education and certification in at least two subjects.
  4. A C+ average in the KCSE is required.
  5. Must be a TSC Teacher

Primary school teachers with the following qualifications will qualify to teach junior secondary

  1. Diploma and Degree in Special Needs Education
  2. Diploma and Degree in Early Childhood Development Education
  3. Diploma in Education (Primary option)
  4. Diploma in Education, Secondary option
  5. Degree in Education (Secondary option) but lacking C+ at KCSE or C+ in teaching subjects

Guidelines on the Junior Secondary School

The Board of Management (BoM) of a primary school that domiciles the Junior Secondary School will constitute a special Sub-Committee to spearhead the management of education and resources of the school. The Head of the primary school that domiciles the Junior Secondary School will serve as Secretary while the Chairperson will be a member of the Committee.

All private Junior Secondary Schools will establish and operationalise BoMs, Boards of Directors or Boards of Trustees, in accordance with Section 52 (a) of the Basic Education Act (2013).

A public Junior Secondary School will be headed by the head teachers of the public primary school that domiciles it during the interim period of the transition ending December 30, 2023.

The Ministry of Education has re-engineered theΒ National Education Management Information SystemΒ (NEMIS) in readiness for enhancement management of education Registration of learners in NEMIS will form the basis for disbursement of funds to public Junior Secondary School.

Text books and hard copies of the Grade 7 Curriculum Designs will be made available for all schools.

KNEC will provide guidelines on the conduct of assessments at the Junior Secondary School.

The infrastructure and resources of existing primary schools will be utilised by the respective domiciled Junior Secondary School in the interim one year of transition. This applies to Special Needs Junior Secondary School as well.

The Ministry of Education, through the Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI), has developed a curriculum and training materials to build the capacity of education managers, (including Junior Secondary School Management Boards and school heads on governance and accountability in the leadership of JSS.

The curriculum will also apply during the induction of the school heads on institutional and instructional leadership.

Comprehensive guidelines will be issued to schools in a circular to be released by the Education Ministry next week.

These guidelines have been validated by stakeholders to spell out the general provisions to be adopted by institutions, organisations and stakeholders, in order to fast track operationalization of Junior Secondary School across the one- year transitional period.

The guidelines are interim while awaiting the full report of the Presidential Working party, which is expected in March 2023.

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