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Heads of Schools Accused Of Ignoring Merit List during TSC Internship Interviews

Some principals have been accused of discriminatory conduct during the recruitment of Teachers Service Commission (TSC) interns.

In the internship programme, the Commission was seeking to hire 1,995 intern teachers to be deployed to schools across the country.

However, fairness and transparency have obviously not been the main theme with some principals allegedly ignoring merit lists and opting to go with teachers they preferred or those teaching in their institutions without following the merit lists, as required in the TSC guidelines for recruitment for interns.

“The TSC recruitment was not fair and transparent in some schools, especially in this County of Kisumu. Some candidates applied but are not called in for the interview,” said one teacher who preferred to remain anonymous.

She alleged that some principals in the county did not share the merit lists.

“They hid the merit lists. They did not call candidates for interviews, only for some teachers who applied to later find out that they chose a teacher who graduated in a later year. The interview dates are not revealed to potential interviewees, meaning they stay unemployed,” she added.

According to another teacher who applied for an internship vacancy in Sinyolo Girls High School, the principal never invited her for the interview, only to find out later that an interviewee who graduated in 2017 had been recruited yet she graduated a year earlier than her (2016).

“The same thing happened at Kobala Secondary School in Homa Bay county where an interviewee was never invited and just attended the interview only to find out that she had been in the first position, yet she had not been invited,” she said.

She revealed that the school principal attempted to frustrate her only to be stopped in her tracks by the county director of education.

Other schools that were the most affected schools in Kisumu County are Ahero Girls Secondary School, Chulaimbo Secondary School, and Kirembe Secondary School, and Ikonyero Secondary school in Kakamega County.

When some of the principals were sought to comment, they declined to pick up calls.

However, Sinyolo Girls High School Principal Helen Juma revealed that due to no candidate not showing up on the scheduled interview day, they were forced to reschedule the interview to Monday, October 18, 2021.

After the recruitment programme for the interns, they will be required to report in January 2022.

Primary school interns earn Sh. 15,000 while their secondary school counterparts earn Sh. 20,000.

The internship programme lasts for one year and is intended to equip and sustain the competencies of the recruited teacher interns.

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