TSC Interview Questions,answers and marks awarded

Have you been invited to an interview with the Teachers Service Commission,  TSC, and you’re not sure what to expect or how to respond. This guide will give you an idea of what questions to expect and how to respond to them.



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1. Tell us about yourself

The interviewer is not interested in hearing stories; they simply expect to know your academic and profession achievements, your name and the institution you currently work for


Take a minute to introduce yourself, and state your recent academic qualification and your relevant experience (if an



What are the national goals of education


To foster nationalism, patriotism and promote national unit

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 value

To promote international consciousness and a positive attitude towards other nations

To promote a positive attitude towards good health and the environment


What is the structure of the Ministry of education



Cabinet Secretary, 3 Principal Secretaries, Director


What is the overall role of the Minister for Education


Formulation of policy direction and management of professional functions relating to educatio

Developing and implementing projects and programmes

Developing curriculum

Initiating training programmes

Running examinations

Giving grant-in-aid to schools

Dealing with audit repor

Admitting and transferring students

Dealing with discipline of students

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Who publishes for the Ministry of Educatio




What is the structure of the T.S.


Chairperson, Deputy, Secretary, Directora


What are the TSC core value



Customer focu



Team spiri

Outline the TSC mission and vision


What are the functions of TS


Teachers Service Commission is mandated to perform the following function


to register trained teacher

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


What empowers T.S.C to carry out its function


The TSC Act (Cap212) of 19

The Constitution of Kenya Article 237(2) of 201


What is the role of the secretary T.S.


Under the guidance of the Commission, the Secretary will perform the following duties


Execute the decisions of the Commissio

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. TSC Interview Questions and Answer

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



What is the role of K.l.C.D., inspectorate and K.N.E.C



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


Advise the Government on matters pertaining to curriculum developme

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 trainin

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 organization

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

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 material

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 material

Promote equity and access to quality curricula and curriculum support material

Offer consultancy services in basic and tertiary education and trainin

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

Receive, consider, develop and review curriculum proposal

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

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


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


The head of the schools as the secretary of the boar

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

1 person nominated by the county board

1 person representing teaching staff elected by teachers

3 representatives of school sponso

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



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




Some of the responsibilities and roles that are expected of this board include


providing oversight on management of the schoo

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 schoo

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

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

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

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PA – Parent Associati


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


Raise money to help both the running and the activities of the schoo

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

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


Define curriculum, co curricular and core curriculu


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

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


Distinguish between formal, non formal and informal curricul


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 classroom

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


Give the process of curriculum developmen


KICD has adopted a nine-stage curriculum development model as follow


Needs Assessmen

Conceptualization and policy formulation

Curriculum designs

Development of syllabuses

Development of curriculum support materials

Preparation of curriculum implementers


National Implementation

Monitoring and Evaluation


What is the difference between curriculum and syllabu


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 offere



Give cases of interdiction where a teacher earns half salary


Fraudulent payment or excessive payment from public revenues for goods and service

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


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 leav


Maternity Lea

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. TSC Interview Questions and Answer


Paternity Lea

A male teacher can apply for paternity leave of up to 10 days within the period of spouse’s maternity leave


Study leave – with p

– without pa


Annual lea

Permanent & pensionable – 30 days with full pay each year


Temporary or contract – 30 days with full pay each yea


Sick lea

Permanent & pensionable – 3 month full pay another 3 month ½ pay in the calendar year


Temporary or contract – 1 month full pay another 1 month ½ p


Compassionate lea

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 lea

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 lea

30 days with full pay to allow investigations into allegations


Leave without p

Special conditions eg accompanying a sick person for more than normal 15 days compassionate leave



When is a teacher given study leave with pay


Has worked for the commission for a min. of 5 yea

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. TSC Interview Questions and Answer

Has demonstrated a good record in performance


What are the possible verdicts of interdictio


A teacher has no offence hence revoke interdictio

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

Warning in writing


Suspension not exceeding 6 months without pay

Retire in the public interes

Refered for medical evaluation by Director of Medical Services

A teacher has committed an offence hence dismissal and deregistered


Differentiate between interdiction and suspensio


Suspension – Temporary prohibition of a teacher from exercising his/her functions as a teacher pending determination of his/her disciplinary cas

Interdiction – removal of a teacher from service in accordance with regulation 153 of the TSC Code


What are the interdiction cases where a teacher does not earn any mone


Chronic absenteei

Desertion of dut

Having been jaile

Misappropriation/mismanagement of public funds

Fraudulent claims & receipt of funds

Use of false certificates

Forgery, impersonation, collusion & immoral behavior


What is C.B.E? How is it calculate


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 schoo



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


Ominde commission(196

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 developmen

English became a medium of instructio

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

Gachathi Report(1976

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. TSC Interview Questions and Answer

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

Kamunge commission(1988

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

Koech commission(2000

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


On which grounds can a teacher be retire



Public interest- gross miscon

Medical/ill healt

Abolition of offic

Notice for retire – 3 month


Name three types of retirement benefit




Work injury benefit


What is the deadline for submission of Books of Accounts for auditin


31st January following ye



What does the ‘Orange Book contain


Prices of reference and course boo



Who is the TSC agent in your school


The princip



Differenciate between informal education, formal education and non- formal educatio


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 clientèle and learning. TSC Interview Questions and Answer


What are the five areas in a lesson observation for


Introduction & lesson organizati

Content deliver

Teaching method

Learners involvement & communicatio

Classroom management


Name the seven areas enlisted for targets in a TPA




For the Secondary school teachers the TPAD file must have the followi


Appraisal tool of 2016,dully signed at the back by your Appraiser(Deputy) and countersigned by the princip

Pages 12,13,14 must be filled and signed as required, Rubber stamp must appear in Pg 13 of 15 both in Term 1 ,2 and

1st pg appraisal period be stated.1st of January 2016 to 31st DEC 201

You must have at least 3 observation form signed by Deputy for trs. For 2016, as for 2017 have one in the file now

Have a T/Table of yr Lesson in yr TPAD file..at least For 2016 and 201

A document to show year target/school/clas

Lesson Recovery Record evidence if you have


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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. TSC Interview Questions and Answe



The interview areas and maximum marks to be awarded




i). Achievements- 10 mar

ii). Co-curricular achievements- 8 mark

iii). Participation in Education affairs- 5 mark

iv). Knowledge on the formation, members and functions of BOG an

PTA- 5 mark

v)Role of the sponsor- 2 mark

SUB-TOTAL: 30 mark




i). Knowledge of all Education Commissions-

ii). Purpose for formation of such Commissions or working partie

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evements- 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- 3

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

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