With interviews slated to take place between today and February 19, more than 33,000 teachers are competing to fill 15,726 promotion vacancies advertised by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) last year.
Having had a frosty relationship with the TSC, the number excludes members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut), which has had a frosty relationship with the TSC, owing to a protracted disagreement between the union and TSC over the evaluation criteria.
This comes before the hearing of a case in which the teachers union has sued the TSC chief executive, Nancy Macharia, for contempt of court starts the following week.
“The interviewees will not need to travel to Nairobi, but the commission will go out to all counties and meet shortlisted teachers there,” said Mrs Macharia in a statement.
All acting heads of institutions and acting deputy heads of institutions in all counties under arid and semi-arid lands will also be affirmatively confirmed by the TSC.
Diploma holders to apply for 1,000 promotion slots has about two weeks ago, been invited by the commission. The commission will promote the teachers based on the Career Progression Guidelines (CPGs) that Knut is opposed to and which leaves out its members.
Mrs. Macharia said that the promotion of the 15,726 teachers will bring the total number of teachers promoted this year to over 90,000.