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Good News To  TSC Staff As New Promotion Guidelines Released.

Good News To  TSC Staff As New Promotion Guidelines Released.



The Teaching Service Commission (TSC) is set to implement new Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) for Secretariat Staff in 2023, as mandated by Section 11 of the TSC Act.

According to a circular dated November 28, 2023 released by TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia, this move aligns with the objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan 2023-2027, emphasizing the need for policies promoting a motivated, competent, and professional Secretariat staff.

Approved by the Commission, the CPG outlines fundamental requirements for the career development of Secretariat staff, introducing key changes to enhance efficiency and professionalism.

Some notable highlights include the creation of directorates and the renaming of existing ones.

The Commission has established the Directorate of Operations under the Office of the Commission Secretary.

This new Directorate will oversee Teacher Management Operations officers and manage divisions such as Risk Management, Policy Planning, Research, Innovation and Data, Corporate Affairs, and Teacher Management Operations.

Furthermore, several directorates and divisions have undergone renaming to better reflect their core functions.

Notable changes include the renaming of the Directorate of Field Services to the Directorate of Teacher Discipline Management and the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Standards to the Directorate of Teacher Professional Management.

Corporate Communications has been simplified to Corporate Affairs, and the Research Data Centre is now Policy, Planning, Research, Data, and Innovation.

A crucial aspect of the CPG is the revision of the grading structure. The number of grades has been reduced from 15 to 14, with TSC Grade 14 being the lowest and TSC Grade 1 being the highest.

Additionally, new designations, such as the post of Senior Deputy Director TSC Grade 4, have been introduced across all directorates, including Supply Chain Management Services Division.

The career guidelines have also established new career paths for specific cadres, including Nurses, Internal Audit (Information Systems), Teacher Management Operations Officers, and Fleet Management Officers.

The nomenclature of designations has been aligned, creating a coherent structure from Deputy Commission Secretary to Assistant Officer 3, each corresponding to specific TSC grades.

Entry level requirements have been clearly defined for various designations, emphasizing educational qualifications and compliance with Chapter 6 of the constitution.

Notably, the CPG introduces the concept of common establishment, combining two grades at the entry level of a cadre to facilitate officers’ advancement without the need for additional posts.

Advancement within common cadre bands is contingent upon a good performance appraisal rating.

To support career advancement, the guidelines require Secretariat staff to undertake management programs such as the Supervisory Course (TSC Grade 7), Senior Management Course (TSC Grade 6), and Leadership Course (TSC Grade 5 and above).

The circular, issued by TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia, emphasizes the importance of staff familiarizing themselves with the guidelines, available online on T-PAY under “My Documents.”

These provisions will take effect from 28th September 2023, urging staff to actively engage in continuous learning opportunities for career progression.

By Viola Chepkemoi

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