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TSC New Promotion Interview Issues And Scores


TSC New Promotion Interview Issues And Scores.

The Commission has developed a new interview score sheet for promotions. The following areas are tested and a candidate must score 50% and above in order to be deployed.

The interview areas and maximum marks to be awarded:


i). Achievements– 10 marks

ii). Co-curricular achievements- 8 marks

iii). Participation in Education affairs- 5 marks

iv). Knowledge on the formation, members and functions of BOG and PTA- 5 marks

v)Role of the sponsor- 2 marks

SUB-TOTAL: 30 marks


i). Knowledge of all Education Commissions– 3mks

ii). Purpose for formation of such Commissions or working parties- 3 marks

iii). Their respective recommendations- 3 marks

iv). Adoptions/implementation- 3 marks

SUB-TOTAL: 12 marks


I). Curriculum Development

i). Structure of Kenya Institute of Education- 3 marks

ii). Function of Kenya Institute of Education– 3 marks

iii). Current trends in the curriculum- 5 marks

II). Implementation

i). Structure and function of Teachers Service Commission- 5 marks

ii). Functions and structure of MOEST – Inspection and Directorate: 4 marks

III). Evaluation

i). Membership of Kenya National Examination Council- 3 marks

ii). Relationship between TSC, MoE/MoST, KNEC and KIE– 5 marks

SUB TOTAL: 28 marks


i). Teachers Service Commission- 1 mark

ii). Education Act- 1 mark

ii). Kenya National Examination Council Act– 1 mark

iii). Trade and Dispute Act- 1 mark

iv). TSC Code of Regulations for teachers- 1 mark

v). Schemes of Service for teachers- 1 mark

vi). A Manual for Heads of Secondary Schools in Kenya- 1 mark

SUB-TOTAL: 7marks

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i). Kenya Institute of Education- 2 marks

ii). Jomo Kenyatta Foundation– 2 marks

iii). Kenya Literature Bureau- 2 marks

iv). Kenya Education Staff Institute– 2 marks

SUB-TOTAL: 8 marks


i). Knowledge of the three arms of Government and their interrelationship- 3 marks

ii). Legislature; Its function, role of speaker, clerk and sergeant-at-arms– 3 marks

iii). Executive; Functions, role of the Permanent Secretaries vis-à-vis Ministers- 3 marks

iv). Judiciary; Functions, Structure, Attorney General, Chief justice etc.-3 marks

SUB TOTAL 12 marks

G). General Knowledge 3



1.What are the national goals of education?

To foster nationalism, patriotism and promote national unity.

To promote social, economic, technological and industrial needs for national development.

To provide individual development and self-fulfilment.

To promote social equality and responsibility.

To promote sound moral and religious values

To promote international consciousness and a positive attitude towards other nations.

To promote a positive attitude towards good health and the environment

2.What is the structure of the Ministry of education?

Cabinet Secretary,

3 Principal Secretaries,


3.What is the overall role of the Cabinet Secretary for Education?

Formulation of policy direction and management of professional functions relating to education.

Developing and implementing projects and programmes.

Developing curriculum.

Initiating training programmes.

Running examinations.

Giving grant-in-aid to schools.

Dealing with audit report

Admitting and transferring students.

Dealing with discipline of students.

4.Who publishes for the Ministry of Education? KLB

5.What is the structure of the T.S.C? Chairperson, Deputy, Secretary, Directorate

6.What are the TSC core values?


Customer focus

Integrity-employees to work in a manner that demonstrates honesty, high moral and ethical standards and commitment to work.

Innovation-employees to strive to inject new ideas and approaches in the service delivery.

Team spirit

7.Outline the TSC mission and vision.

Vision to be a transformative teaching service for quality education

Mission to professionalize the teaching service for quality education.

8.What is inscribed in the TSC platform?

The nds

The motor board,

Map of Kenya, black board, the book

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9.What are the functions of TSC?

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.

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

The TSC Act (Cap212) of 1967

The Constitution of Kenya Article 237(2) of 2010

11. What is the role of the secretary T.S.C?

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.

12.What is the role of KICD?

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) is mandated to perform the following functions:

Advise the Government on matters pertaining to curriculum development

Evaluate, vet and approve, for application in Kenya, any local and foreign curricula and curriculum support materials in relation to the levels of education and training

Implement the policies relating to curriculum development in basic and tertiary education and training;

Develop, review and approve programmes, curricula and curriculum support materials that meet international standards for— (i) early childhood care, development and education; (ii) pre-primary education; (iii) primary education; (iv) secondary education; (v) adult, continuing and non-formal education; (vi) teacher education and training; (vii) special needs education; and (viii) technical and vocational education and training.

Initiate and conduct research to inform curriculum policies, review and development.

Collect document and catalogue information on curricula, curriculum support materials and innovations to create a data bank and disseminate the information to educational institutions, learners and other relevant organizations

Print, publish and disseminate information relating to curricula for basic and tertiary education and training

Collaborate with other individuals and institutions in organizing and conducting professional development programmes for teachers, teacher trainers, quality assurance and standards officers and other officers involved in education and training on curriculum programmes and materials

Develop disseminate and transmit programmes and curriculum support materials through mass media, electronic learning, distance learning and any other mode of delivering education and training programmes and materials

Promote equity and access to quality curricula and curriculum support materials

Offer consultancy services in basic and tertiary education and training

Incorporate national values, talent development and leadership values in curriculum development

Receive, consider, develop and review curriculum proposals

Perform such other function as may be assigned to it under the KICD Act No.4 of 2013 or any other written law.

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13.The core functions of the KNEC are to:

develop national examination tests;

register candidates for the KNEC examinations;

conduct examinations and process the results;

award certificates and diplomas to successful candidates;

issue replacement certificates and diplomas;

conduct educational assessment research;

conduct examinations on behalf of foreign exam boards.

14.What is the composition of the board of Management of a school and how are they chosen?

B.O.M is established under Section 55 of The Basic Education Act 2013.It is composed of;

The head of the schools as the secretary of the board,

6 persons elected to represent parents or local community in case of County Sec. School

1 person nominated by the county board.

1 person representing teaching staff elected by teachers.

3 representatives of school sponsor

1 person to represent special interest group.

1 person to represent persons with special needs.

1 representative of the student council as an ex-officio.

15 .Differentiate between the roles of the B.O.M and P.A in a School.

BOM-Board of management

Some of the responsibilities and roles that are expected of this board includes;

providing oversight on management of the school.

monitoring curriculum delivery and learning achievement in the school.

to ensure that the students engage in extra curriculum activities.

to ensure the competence of the teachers in delivery of the content of the curriculum.

develop all institutional policies and ensure accountability and prudent use of institutional resources.

mobilizing resources for the institution development based on agreed strategic planning.

to promote networking and partnership for the school

to discuss and approve comprehensive termly and annual reports and forwards them to the county education board (CEB).

to promote quality education and training for all learners in accordance with the standards set under the education acts, national policies, and county government policies

to supervise and ensure quality in curriculum implementation and delivery and oversee the conduct of examination and assessments of school.

to ensure and assure provision of proper and adequate proper physical activities as well as teaching and learning resources in order to create an enabling environment for the school community to perform their duties effectively and achieve set objectives of the institution.

PA – Parent Association

In order to help the school realize its purpose, parents play some important roles. These include,

Raise money to help both the running and the activities of the school.

Explain the roles of the school to the community, this is how teachers and community members come to a more harmonious relationship.

They give their points of view to the teachers concerning academic improvement and moral standards.

Help head teachers and their staff maintain effective discipline among their students.

16. Define curriculum, co-curricular and core curriculum

Curriculum – all planned learning programs that facilitate formal, non-formal and informal learning.

Co-curriculum – voluntary curriculum that includes sport, clubs, student government and school publications.

Core curriculum – the body of knowledge, skills and attitudes expected to be learned by all students, generally related to a set of subjects and learning areas that are common to all students.

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17.Distinguish between formal, non formal and informal curriculum

Formal curriculum – the curriculum in which there are deliberately organized, planned and written processes in a formally organized learning institution such as a school with organized structures such as classrooms

Non formal curriculum – refers to any organized, planned and written learning activity that operates outside the formal education system. It emphasizes practical skills and targets particular population group.

Informal or Hidden curriculum – curriculum that constitutes a lifelong process in which people learn from every day experiences which are not necessarily planned or organized.

18. Give the process of curriculum development.

KICD has adopted a nine-stage curriculum development model as follows:

Needs Assessment.

Conceptualization and policy formulation.

Curriculum designs.

Development of syllabuses.

Development of curriculum support materials.

Preparation of curriculum implementers.


National Implementation.

Monitoring and Evaluation.

19. What is the difference between curriculum and syllabus?

Curriculum is all planned learning programs that facilitate formal, non-formal and informal learning while the syllabus is a course outline comprising a collection of topics on the same subject matter and a series of statements of what is to be learned within a given time frame. This consists of the content and objectives of the core subjects and optional subjects offered.

20. Give cases of interdiction where a teacher earns half salary.

Fraudulent payment or excessive payment from public revenues for goods and services.

Failure to comply with any law or applicable procedures and guidelines relating to procurement.

Mismanagement of funds or incurring expenditures without planning.

Any offence involving dishonesty under any written law providing for maintenance or protection of public revenue.

21.Name the different types of leave a teacher is entitled to and 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 to15 days within the period of spouse’s maternity leave.

Study leave – with pay

Study leave– without pay

Annual leave

Permanent & pensionable teachers – 30 days with full pay each year.

Temporary or contract teachers – 30 days with full pay each year.

Sick leave

Permanent & pensionable teachers– 3 months with full pay ,another 3 month ½ pay in the calendar year.

Temporary or contract teachers– 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.

22. 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.

23. What are the possible verdicts of interdiction?

A teacher has no offence hence revoke interdiction.

A teacher has committed an offence that does not warrant removal hence;

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Warning in writing.


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.

23.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.

without formal release

Proceeding for assignments not organized by the commission without formal release.

Failure to release a teacher to proceed on a transfer.

Failure to forward correspondence by to and from TSC

Failure to hand and take an institution upon transfer

Failure to submit probation report in respect of newly recruited teacher at the expiry the probation period.

Excluding a teacher from the teaching time table without authority from TSC

Pecuniary embarrassment like failure to honour financial obligations

d) Meaning of offences

i) Infamous conduct-Acts that undermine status accorded to the teaching profession such as



Conduct or behavior which contradicts the spirit and tenor of chapter six of the constitution 2010

Forgery-presentation of false documents to the commission/ or its agents

ii) Mismanagement involves;

Misappropriation an embezzlement of public funds

Loss of public fund through negligence

Failure to account for public funds as provided for in the law

iii) Misrepresentation entails

Falsifying information


Failure to adhere to recruitment guidelines

Any other act or conduct that is incompatible with the teaching profession

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

Curriculum Based Establishment – 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.

26..Name four education commissions since independence and what were the recommendations of the commissions.

Ominde commission(1964)

It reformed the education system inherited from the colonial government to make it responsive to the needs of independent Kenya.

It proposed an education system to foster national unity and create sufficient human resource for national development

English became a medium of instruction

It set the entry age to class one at 6 years.

Bessay Report (1972)

It recommended changes to the inherited curricular to make it relevant to local needs.


The report focused on redefining Kenya’s educational policies and objectives, giving consideration to national unity, economic, social and cultural aspirations of the people of Kenya.

Mackey Report (1981)

It led to the removal of ‘A’ level and expansion of other post-secondary training institutions.

It led to the establishment of Moi University.

It recommended the stablishment of the 8-4-4 system of education and the commission of High Education (CHE)


It focused on improving education financing, quality and relevance.

From this report , the government produced Sessional Paper No 6 on Education & Training for the Next Decade & Beyond.

This led to the policy of cost sharing in education between the government, parents and community.


It recommended Totally Integrated and Quality Education and Training(TIQET) in order to accelerate industrial and technological development.

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27. On which grounds can a teacher be retired


Public interest- gross misconduct

Medical/ill health

Abolition of office

Notice for retire – 3 months

28.Name three types of retirement benefits.



Work injury benefits

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

31st January following year

30. Who is the TSC agent in your school?

The principal

31. Differenciatebetween informal education, formal education and non- formal education

Informal Education:– the truly lifelong process whereby every individual acquires attitudes, values, skills and knowledge from daily experience and the educative influences and resources in his or her environment-from family and neighbours, from work and play, from the marketplace, the library and the mass media…’

Formal Education:– the hierarchically structured, chronologically graded “educational system”, running from primary school through the university and including, in addition to general academic studies, a variety of specialized programmes and institutions for full-time technical and professional training.’

Non-Formal Education:– any organized educational activity outside the established formal system-whether operating separately or as an important feature of some broader activity-that is intended to serve identifiable learning clientele and learning.

32.What are the five areas in a lesson observation form?

Introduction & lesson organization

Content delivery

Teaching methods

Learners involvement & communication

Classroom management.

33 Name the seven areas enlisted for targets in a TPAD.

Professional knowledge and practice

Comprehensive learning environment

Teacher professional development

Teacher conduct and professionalism

Participation in professional leaning community



Module I





The Ministry of Education launched Free secondary Education (FSE) through its interim guidelines of January 2008. This is part of Basic Education whose component of Free Primary Education (FPE) was initiated in 2003. Through the FSE, government subsidy to schools based on capitation was disbursed and fully operationlized in January 2008. The allocation per student are day secondary education Kshs. 22,244 per child per year.

b)The MOE, therefore expects that sound governance and accountability mechanisms shall be enhanced for greater participation and transparency by all institutions in public resource utilization.

Overall Responsibility for Resources Management in Educational Institutions

The management of the resources of a learning institution shall be the responsibility of the head of that institution. The Board of Governors (BOM), the Parents Teachers’ Association (PA) or other stakeholder group may lend their support to the head of the institution in respect of resources management but that support does not constitute a change to the primary responsibility.

(d) Accountability of institutions’ management

The management of learning institutions shall be accountable to parents, students, the Government and donors as appropriate for the use of the institutions resources.

Definition of Financial Management

The financial management entails





Control of all human and non-human resources in the institution.

(The participants to discuss the meaning of the above 5 pillars in a school situation).

The objectives of financial management

Accountability to stakeholders

Proper resource management

Internal decision-making

Financial management in secondary schools is expected to be prudently undertaken and involves the following:

Planning and budgeting



Recording and reporting

i) Planning and Budgeting

It is important that proper planning and budgeting is done by the school to ensure that the scarce resources are utilized in the most economical way and that transparency and accountability is upheld.

Activity – Participants to identify the difference between planning and budgeting.

ii) Authorisation

The budget should be approved by the BOM by October of the preceding year. This should give adequate time for other procedures to be followed.

Extra levies should be discussed by the BOM and then forwarded to the MOE for approval. Schools should not commence charging extra levies before such approval is granted.

Virements if any should be properly authorized by the BOM, except in the tuition account(account I).


This is the actual implementation of the budget which involves revenue collection, procurement and expenditure.

To discuss with the participants the guidelines for FSE) (Circular No. Ref. MOE/G1/9/1/44 attached)


Principals of secondary schools should familiarize themselves with procurement regulations as stipulated in the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005 and the Legal Notice of September, 2006 and KESSP procurement procedures. Due to constant reviews of the procurement thresholds/ceilings, it is advisable to maintain an updated copy of the Public Procurement regulations

Recording and Reporting

Adequate internal controls should be put in place to ensure accuracy and completeness in recording of financial transactions

The recommended reporting procedures and timing should be followed.

Monthly financial returns (Trial balances, bank reconciliation statement, cash survey reports list of imprest holders & RD cheque) and the annual financial statements should be promptly prepared and submitted to the relevant officer of the ministry of education by 15th of the ensuing month and 31st January of the proceeding year respectively .

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