New Revised Teacher Service Commission (TSC) Structure and TSC Functions/Roles

The commission has developed new organisation structure and the following are major highlights:

Three directorates each to be headed by Deputy Commission Secretary (DCS) have been established. The directorates are:

Finance and Administration
Teacher Management
Human Resource Management and Development
Each directorates will have divisions, Sections and Sub-Sections.


Divisions will be headed by Director while subdivisions will be headed by senior deputy director. There are also specialized units to be headed by a director or deputy senior director.

The following are the directorates with divisions and the specialized units under them;

1. Teacher Management Directorate
Staffing division
Quality Assurance and Standard and Teacher Registration Division
Field Service Division
2. Finance and Administration Directorate
Finance and Accounts Division
General Administration Division
3. Human Resource Management and Development
Human Resource management Division
Human Resource Section Division
Pension Section
4. Specialized Units
The following specialized units will report Directly to the Chief Executive Officer

Information Communication and Technology
Legal Service Commission
Internal Audit Division
Corporate Communication Section
Policy Planning Research and Innovation Section
Supply Chain Management Section
5. Decentralized Units
In addition to existing county and sub county structures, the commission has established the following regional offices to be headed by TSC regional coordinators.

Rift Valley
North Eastern
The regional coordinators shall report to the Deputy Secretary Commission, Teacher Management.

Functions Of The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Kenya

Article 237 of the Kenyan Constitution stipulates the mandate and functions of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) as to:

  • register trained teachers;
  • recruit and employ registered teachers;
  • assign teachers employed by the Commission for service in any public school or institution;
  • promote and transfer teachers;
  • exercise disciplinary control over teachers;
  • 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; and
  • advise the national government on matters relating to the teaching profession.

Additional mandate and functions of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) under Section 11 of the TSC Act are to:

  • formulate policies to achieve its mandate;
  • provide strategic direction, leadership and oversight to the secretariat (of the Commission under Section 18 of TSC Act);
  • ensure that teachers comply with the teaching standards prescribed by the Commission under TSC Act;
  • manage the payroll of teachers in its employment;
  • facilitate career progression and professional development for teachers in the teaching service including the appointment of head teachers and principals;
  • monitor the conduct and performance of teachers in the teaching service; and
  • do all such other things as may be necessary for the effective discharge of its functions and the exercise of its powers.

Powers Of The Teachers Service Commission

According to Article 252 of the Kenyan Constitution, the Commission has the powers:

  • to conduct investigations on its own initiative or on a complaint made by a member of the public;
  • necessary for conciliation, mediation and negotiation;
  • to recruit its own staff; and
  • to perform any functions and exercise any powers prescribed by legislation, in addition to the functions and powers conferred by the Constitution.

Section 3 of the Teachers Service Commission Act also stipulates the Commission has the powers to:

  • acquire, hold, charge and dispose of movable and immovable property; and
  • perform or do all such other things or acts for the proper discharge of its functions under the Constitution and the Act as may lawfully be done or performed by a body corporate.

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