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TSC Teacher Job Group Promotion Interview Questions about Teachers Service Commission

Teachers under the Teachers Service Commisssion TSC are preparing for Job Group Promotion interviews. We outline some of the possible questions the TSC interviewees will be asked. Also we have provided the correct answers to the questions. 

Simply read the questions and familiarize your self with the answers before the day of the interview.

What is the structure of the Teachers Service Commission T.S.C?

The commission is headed by the Secretary/CEO.

Below is a summary of the organizational structure of TSC.

TSC Teacher Job Group Promotion Interview questions about TSC
Teachers Service Commission Organizational Structure.

How long do the Teachers Service Commissioners Serve?

The TSC Commissioners serve for 6 years. They do this on the full time basis after the President’s appointment.

What are the Teachers Service Commission core values?

  • Professionalism
  • Customer focus
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Team spirit

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Outline the TSC mission and vision.

  • The TSC Mission is to professionalize the teaching service for quality education and development.
  • Its Vision is to be a transformative teaching service for quality education.

What are the functions of the Teachers Service Commission?

Teachers Service Commission is mandated to perform the following functions:

  • to register trained teachers;
  • to recruit and employ registered teachers;
  • to assign teachers employed by the Commission for service in any public school or institution;
  • to promote and transfer teachers;
  • to exercise disciplinary control over teachers;
  • to terminate the employment of teachers.
  • review the standards of education and training of persons entering the teaching service;
  • review the demand for and the supply of teachers;
  • advise the national government on matters relating to the teaching profession.

Interprete the Teachers Service Commission TSC Logo as Shown below:

Interpretation of the Teachers Service Commission TSC Logo
Teachers Service Commission TSC logo

The Teachers Service Commission launched its logo on 9/11/2000. From 2001, the new TSC logo (shown above) replaced the Government emblem on TSC letterheads that the Commission had used since inception 1967.

The symbols and Colors in the logo stand for the following:

a) The hands

symbolize TSC’s authority in the teaching service. The embracing form of the hands is a sign of its warmth and compassion for its employees

b) The motor board

duty to review teaching standards, training and fitness to teach of prospective teachers

c) Map of Kenya

TSC’s area ofjurisdiction

d) The black board

the teaching service

e) The book

teachers registers. TSC policies, code, Act, records, knowledge and information

f) TSC letters and the sun’s rays

supply of TSC teachers to all public schools in Kenya

g) The circle and platform

the scroll with the TSC motto represents the unity of purpose in its mission, flexibility and adaptability to changes

h) Black

national aspirations

i) Gold

leader in the teaching service

j) Blue

TSC’s vision as in ‘the blue sky is the limit’


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What empowers T.S.C to carry out its functions?

  • The Teachers Service Commission TSC Act (Cap212) of 1967
  • The Constitution of Kenya Article 237(2) of 2010

What is the role of the Teachers Service Commission  TSC Secretary/CEO?

Under the guidance of the Commission, the Secretary will perform the following duties:-

  • Execute the decisions of the Commission.
  • Be the head of the Secretariat.
  • Facilitate, coordinate and ensure execution of the Commission’s mandate.
  • Advise the Commission on teacher projections to facilitate staffing of learning institutions.
  • Advise and make recommendations to the Commission on optimum utilization of available teachers.
  • Make recommendations to the Commission on appointment and deployment to administrative posts in educational institutions.
  • Ensure maintenance of the register of teachers and be custodian of all records of the Commission.
  • Be the Accounting officer of the Commission and ensure proper and diligent implementation of Part IV of the TSC Act and any other written law.
  • Ensure staff compliance with the constitution and other laws.
  • Be responsible for administration and management of the secretariat resources.
  • Promote professionalism in the teaching service.
  • Advise the Commission on suitability of persons entering the teaching service.

Name the different types of leave a teacher is entitled; How many days in a year is a permanent and pensionable teacher entitled to annual leave?

Maternity Leave

A female teacher is entitled to 90 calendar days maternity leave from the date of confinement. This leave is exclusive of annual leave.

The application for leave should be submitted to the DEO/MEO/DCE through the head of institution at least one month before the leave is due and must have supporting medical documents.

Paternity Leave

A male teacher can apply for paternity leave of up to 10 days within the period of spouse’s maternity leave.

Study leave

  • with pay
  • without pay

Annual leave

  • Permanent & pensionable – 30 days with full pay each year.
  • Temporary or contract – 30 days with full pay each year.

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Sick Leave

  • Permanent & pensionable – 3 month full pay another 3 month ½ pay in the calendar year.
  • Temporary or contract – 1 month full pay another 1 month ½ pay

Compassionate Leave

In times of distress such as death, a court case, marital disharmony, arson and serious illness of a member of the family – maximum 15 days in a year.

Special leave

Short duration for teachers who have to travel abroad to participate in seminars or short courses or important events – max. 3 months in a year.

Compulsory leave

30 days with full pay to allow investigations into allegations.

Leave without pay

Special conditions eg accompanying a sick person for more than normal 15 days compassionate leave.

When is a teacher given study leave with pay?

  • Has worked for the commission for a min. of 5 years
  • UT teacher seeking to undertake postgraduate diploma or degree in education.
  • A teacher studying in an area of great need as specified in the study leave policy.
  • Trained technical teacher admitted to a national polytechnic for a higher National Diploma provided the subject area is in demand in the teaching service.
  • Has demonstrated a good record in performance.

What are the possible TSC verdicts of interdiction?

  • A teacher has no offence hence revoke interdiction.
  • A teacher has committed an offence that does not warrant removal hence;
    Warning in writing.
  • Surcharge
  • Suspension not exceeding 6 months without pay.
  • Retire in the public interest
  • Refered for medical evaluation by Director of Medical Services.
  • A teacher has committed an offence hence dismissal and deregistered.

Differentiate between interdiction and suspension.

Suspension – Temporary prohibition of a teacher from exercising his/her functions as a teacher pending determination of his/her disciplinary case.

Interdiction – removal of a teacher from service in accordance with regulation 153 of the TSC Code.

What are the interdiction cases where a teacher does not earn any money?

  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Desertion of duty
  • Having been jailed
  • Misappropriation/mismanagement of public funds.
  • Fraudulent claims & receipt of funds.
  • Use of false certificates.
  • Forgery, impersonation, collusion & immoral behavior.

What is C.B.E? How is it calculated?

Curriculum Based Establishment CBE – the number of teachers a school need in relation to the number of streams a school has.

It is calculated by considering the minimum lessons a teacher should teach(27) and the subjects offered in the school.


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On which grounds can a teacher be retired?

  • Age
  • Public interest- gross misconduct
  • Medical/ill health
  • Abolition of office
  • Notice for retire – 3 months

Name three types of retirement benefits.

  • Pension
  • Gratuity
  • Work injury benefits

What is the deadline for submission of Books of Accounts for auditing?

  • 31st January following year

What does the ‘Orange Book contain?

  • Prices of reference and course books

Who is the TSC agent in your school?

  • The principal

What are the five areas in a lesson observation form?

  • Introduction & lesson organization
  • Content delivery
  • Teaching methods
  • Learners involvement & communication
  • Classroom management.
  • Name the seven areas enlisted for targets in a TPAD.

What are the requirements for TPAD

For the Secondary school teachers the TPAD file must have the following

  • File
  • Appraisal tool of 2016,dully signed at the back by your Appraiser(Deputy) and countersigned by the principal
  • Pages 12,13,14 must be filled and signed as required, Rubber stamp must appear in Pg 13 of 15 both in Term 1 ,2 and 3
  • 1st pg appraisal period be stated.1st of January 2016 to 31st DEC 2016
  • You must have at least 3 observation form signed by Deputy for trs. For 2016, as for 2017 have one in the file now.
  • Have a T/Table of yr Lesson in yr TPAD file..at least For 2016 and 2017
  • A document to show year target/school/class
  • Lesson Recovery Record evidence if you have.\

Who are the current Teachers Service Commission TSC Office Position Holders

TSC Chairperson

  • Dr. Lydia Nzomo

TSC Vice Chairperson

  • Cleopas Tirop 

Other TSC Commissioners 

  • Salome Gichura
  • Chache Bonza Bolo
  • Beatrice Marembo
  • Adu Kinoti
  • ImanyaraAlbert
  • Fred Ekirapa

TSC Secretary / CEO:

  • Dr. Nancy Njeri Macharia

TSC Deputy Secretary:

  • Mr. Simon M. Kavisi

Appointed  Directors in the Coordinationa and Delivery Directorates 

The underlisted persons have been appointed directors of the duly indicated -Directorates:

  1. Abdi Habat Sheikh – Primary Education
  2. Robert Masese – Special Programmes (Overseeing Secondary Education)
  3. Pius K Mutisya – Quality Assurance and Standards
  4. Kinara I Nyabwari – Adult and Continuing Education
  5. Milton Mokah – ECDE and Teacher Education
  6. Victoria G Angwenyi – Schools Audit Services
  7. Elyas Abdi Jallow – Project Coordination and Delivery
  8. Maria Cherono – Special Needs Education
  9. Charles Mwita – DG’s Office (Field Coordination and Co-Curricular)
  10. Darius Mogaka – Policy and East African Community Affairs

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