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TSC Has Released New JSS Recruitment Requirement for 2023/2024

The recent changes in qualifications for P1 teachers to teach junior secondary schools (JSS) in Kenya have been necessitated by the implementation of the competency-based curriculum.

This shift in the educational system has moved a significant portion of the academic focus to secondary schools, reducing the workload in primary schools.

Starting in 2023, students currently in the sixth form under the 8-4-4 system will transition to Form 1 upon successfully completing the Kenya Certificate of Basic Education (KCPE) examination.

Junior high schools will play a crucial role in educating students in grades 7, 8, and 9, as they prepare for the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) 2-6-3-3-3 system after the national exam for the sixth grade.

To adapt to these changes, the Ministry of Education and Culture has selected certain primary schools to convert into secondary schools, with efforts to enhance the infrastructure of these Junior Secondary Schools (JSS).

New JSS Recruitment Requirements 2023/2024

In response to the shortage of teachers in both primary and secondary schools, the Ministry of Education and the Department of Teachers have decided to deploy primary teachers to supervise high school students in secondary schools.

Eligible elementary teachers are those who meet specific criteria, including qualifications in special education, early childhood development education, diplomas or degrees with an optional secondary school component, or relevant subject qualifications, even without a C+ grade in KCSE.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) also intends to place P1 teachers with these qualifications in secondary schools. These qualifications include diplomas, advanced degrees, graduate degrees, and even master’s and doctoral degrees for teaching in secondary schools (JSS).

In summary, these new TSC qualifications for P1 teachers assigned to teach JSS reflect the changing educational landscape in Kenya and the need to align with a competency-based curriculum. These changes are aimed at enhancing the quality of education at both the primary and secondary levels.


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