TSC Career Progression Guidelines: Navigating the Future of Teaching

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has introduced comprehensive Career Progression Guidelines to shape the future of teaching. These guidelines serve as a roadmap for recruitment, retention, development, training, and promotion of teachers, aligning with set standards and expectations. Developed to replace the outdated Schemes of Service for the Teaching Service (2005), the guidelines incorporate the outcomes of the 2016 Job Evaluation and adapt to evolving policies.

Quick Summary:

  • Career Progression Guidelines aim to guide teachers’ professional growth and ensure adherence to standards.
  • The guidelines replace the older Schemes of Service, integrating 2016 Job Evaluation results and recent policy changes.
  • Implementation is expected to boost staff motivation, retention, and facilitate targeted training programs.


Commission Chairperson’s Perspective (Dr. Lydia N. Nzomo):

Commission Secretary/CEO’s Perspective (Dr. Nancy Njeri Macharia):

  • The guidelines standardize professional development, outline job descriptions, and facilitate effective teacher management.

Chapter One: Introduction and Background

1.1. Rationale for the Career Guidelines:

  • Job Evaluation in 2016 triggered a paradigm shift in teacher career progression.
  • The guidelines aim to facilitate Job Evaluation recommendations, outlining job descriptions, specifications, and competencies.

1.2. Aims of Career Guidelines:

  • Establish minimum requirements for selection, appointment, recruitment, and promotion.
  • Define a career structure to attract, motivate, and retain competent teachers.
  • Provide clear job descriptions and specifications at all levels.
  • Align work performance with career progression.
  • Promote teacher professional development through Teacher Professional Development (TPD).

1.3. Scope of the Career Progression Guidelines:

  • Applicable to teachers in primary and secondary schools, TVET institutions, Teacher Training Colleges, and more.

1.4. Recognized Qualifications:

  • Defined entry qualifications for different levels (Primary, Secondary, Technical, Special Needs Education).

Final Thoughts and Downloads

The Career Progression Guidelines herald a new era in teaching, emphasizing professional growth, performance management, and aligning with contemporary educational needs. Teachers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these guidelines to navigate their career paths effectively.

Download here TSC Career Progression guidelines

Download here TSC Career Progression circular


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