TSC switches to data banks to ease recruitment process
Teachers Service Commission (TSC) plans to develop a data bank for interviewed teachers for secondary schools which will guide the Commission to replace teachers who will exit the service within the 2022/2023 Financial Year.
From the list of five (5) shortlisted and interviewed candidates per vacancy in every secondary school in the country, the School Selection panel which is the Board of Management will be required to develop a vacancy specific merit list.
In the guidelines for recruitment of post-primary teachers on permanent and pensionable terms outlined under Circular No. 9/2022 dated June 30, 2022 released by the Commission’s Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Nancy Macharia, the merit list shall be used in TSC subsequent and similar recruitments in the County.
“The Merit List shall be used in the subsequent recruitment processes involving a similar vacancy in the County within the financial year or as directed by the Commission from time to time,” said Dr. Macharia in the Circular.
This implies that any future recruitment within 2022/2023 FY that is between July 2022 and June 2023, priority will be given to those who are listed in the data bank; without necessarily TSC having to do a fresh hiring exercise as it was the case before which is also seen as a move by the Commission to cut on the recruitment cost whenever such vacancies occur.
This means that those who were shortlisted and attended the just concluded interviews will automatically be considered for employment when the Commission will be doing any replacement of teachers who will have exited the service through natural attrition.
According to the guidelines after developing the vacancy specific merit list, the school selection panels shall be required to submit the list to TSC Sub-County Directors, who will submit the list for compilation of subjects specific merit list to the County Directors to generate a databank for the County, which shall be used to fill subject specific vacancies in subsequent recruitment processes within the FY.
The names in the School selection panel’s vacancy specific merit list which is used to develop subjects specific merit list data bank is derived from the five (5) shortlisted applicants for every vacancy advertised, which was generated from TSC system generated applicant’s list.
The TSC County Director shall then be required to forward the subject specific merit list to the Regional Director who will compile the Regional subject specific merit lists for onward submission to TSC Director Staffing at the Headquarters.
“This data bank of interviewed candidates shall be used to replace those exiting service within the Financial Year. The subject specific data bank shall be used to fill vacancies arising from the County, Region and nationally within the Financial Year,” said Dr. Macharia in the Circular.
The Commission notes further that where candidates are exhausted from the subject specific County data bank, replacement shall be done using the Regional data bank; and where candidates are exhausted within a region, vacancies shall be filled using the Subject Specific National data bank.