Pupils in a classroom before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya. The TSC has advertised over 15,000 promotional vacancies for teachers.
Pupils in a classroom before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya.

A document advertising 12,000 jobs for teachers being shared on various social media platforms did not originate from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and is thus FAKE.

The advert, which was sent out on Tuesday 20th October as Kenyans marked Mashujaa Day celebrations through social media, indicates that there are 4,000 teaching internship vacancies for primary and 8,000 for secondary schools respectively.

Applicants promised stipend

The move was purportedly an economic stimulus plan to cushion the teachers after the sector suffered due to the harsh effects of the Covid-19 virus. Successful applicants were expected to serve for a year to support “teacher training institutions to sustain the competencies of new trainees.”

The applicants were promised a Ksh15,000 monthly remuneration stipend for primary teachers and Ksh20,000 for those at secondary school level.

“The programme specifically targets unemployed teachers who will be assigned to learning institutions where their teaching experience will be enhanced through exposure to direct practical work experience,” stated the advertisement in part.

Teachers Service Commission (TSC), however, dismissed the announcement, which has been made to look like a TSC newspaper advert, and went viral.

COPY OF THE FAKE ADVERT

TSC said the fake advert mimicked its adverts that had run in newspapers before. The author of the advert simply picked a past TSC advert and edited it using a software to insert the misleading information.

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The teachers’ employer explained that official communication on hiring of teachers would originate only from the commission’s platforms.

“We advise teachers and the general public to ignore a fake advert about 12,000 intern jobs that is circulating on social media,” TSC said. “TSC will communicate through its official channels when new jobs arise.”

It turns out, the fake advert was the work of an unscrupulous individual out to tease unemployed teachers’ emotions and cause anxiety among the teaching fraternity.

VERDICT: The ‘TSC’ advert announcing 12 internship vacancies for primary and secondary teachers is FAKE as it has been disowned by TSC.

[ This story was produced by Business Today in partnership with Code for Africa’s iLAB data journalism programme, with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie ].

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