TSC Entry Qualifications For a Secondary School Teacher

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The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) requires a diploma or a degree for a teacher wishing to teach in a secondary school within Kenya.

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Below are the minimum qualifications for each category:

Diploma Teachers:

1. Possession of a diploma in Education from a recognized Teacher Training Institution.
2. Attainment of a minimum mean grade of C+ in KCSE or equivalent (with one principal and two subsidiary passes in A-level).
3. At least a C+ or credit pass in the two teaching subjects.

A Maths Teacher in Class

It’s important to note that two categories of candidates are exempt from the above qualifications:
– Diploma teachers who graduated in 2008 or earlier with a mean grade of C (plain) in the two teaching subjects.
– Hearing impaired and blind teachers should posses the following qualifications

i. Minimum grade C Plain in KCSE and above.
ii. At least C minus in English
iii. C (minus) in Mathematics for Science based courses
iv. D( plain) in Mathematics in non-science based courses

Graduate Teachers:

For those holding a degree, the following qualifications apply:
– A minimum grade of C+ at KCSE, with at least C+ in each of the two teaching subjects or equivalent (2 principal and 1 subsidiary pass at ‘A’ Level).
– Possession of a Bachelor of Education degree with two teaching subjects, or a Bachelor of Science/Arts with Education degree with two teaching subjects.


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