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Primary Headteachers Have Began Accepting JSS Interns Posted

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Primary Headteachers Have Began Accepting JSS Interns Posted

“Intern teachers assigned to junior secondary schools (JSS) and primary schools have begun reporting to their respective institutions in recent days, following the issuance of their posting letters.”

Today, a large number of these interns were welcomed by elementary school principals who also serve as junior secondary school principals. Those who have reported have completed and submitted their online records to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in order for their wages to be processed as soon as possible.

TSC has come under fire for failing to pay the salary of intern instructors who were hired in January. Many instructors went months without getting their stipends, fueling allegations of government budgetary restrictions. TSC is likely to pay the newly assigned intern teachers on time now that the situation has settled.

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In July, the commission issued an open call for suitable people to apply for 20,000 teacher internship slots. 18,000 intern teachers will be assigned to junior secondary schools, while the remaining 2,000 will facilitate the implementation of the new curricula in elementary schools. The online application window was open for two weeks before closing on July 18th.

Junior secondary school intern instructors will be responsible for teaching a variety of curriculum courses and will be paid a monthly stipend of Sh20,000. Primary school teachers will get Sh15,000. These teachers will, however, benefit from deductions such as a Sh360 NSSF deduction, a 1.5% housing levy, and NHIF contributions.

The teachers will be on a one-year contract that can be renewed for an additional year before being considered for permanent and pensionable positions. TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia announced that the commission intends to hire a minimum of 25,000 teachers every year for the next five years, depending to funding availability.

The destiny of the existing intern instructors who were posted in January is unknown because TSC did not include monies in the July budget to confirm their status beyond January 2024.”

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