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Professional Conduct

Teachers who violate the provisions of the Code of Regulations for Teachers and the TSC Code of Conduct and Ethics will face disciplinary action which may include warning or interdiction.

Disciplinary Process - A Head of institution may initially issue a verbal warning or caution the teacher in writing on minor breaches. In case of persistent misbehaviour, the teacher may be required to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against him/her. From the teacher’s response, the head of institution may serve the teacher with a warning or present the case before the agent. The agent shall;

  • Investigate and assemble relevant evidence.
  • Invite the accused teacher in writing to defend himself/herself against specified allegation.
  • Call witnesses to give evidence in the presence of the accused teacher.
  • Allow the teacher to cross-examine each witness.

In case of desertion where teacher’s whereabouts is unknown, the agent will interdict without any delay.
After the preliminary hearing the agent may reach any of the following decisions;

  • No case to answer.
  • Warn the teacher administratively.
  • Interdict the teacher.

NB: In some cases TSC or agent can interdict a teacher without inviting him/her for preliminary hearing.

An interdicted teacher should write a defense statement within 21 days from the date of interdiction and provide contact address.
A case will normally be heard within three months after interdiction. In case of delay the teacher is advised to make enquiries.

Salary during interdiction - Teachers interdicted on cases of incitement, insubordination, infamous conduct and negligence of duty will be paid half salary during the period of interdiction

Determination of a discipline case

After interdiction and submission of the required evidence the teacher shall be given a chance to defend himself/herself in person before the Commission.

A case shall be heard and determined in the absence of the teacher if he/she fails to appear during the hearing.

From the evidence gathered, the Commission may;

Revoke the interdiction.

Warn the teacher.

Suspend the teacher from duty.

Dismiss the teacher from service.

Retire the teacher in the public interest.

Dismiss and remove from the register of teachers.

It is an offence for a teacher to engage in teaching in any institutions (public or otherwise) during the period of interdiction or suspension or on removal from the registry of teachers.

Where a teacher has been suspended from duty, he/she will be posted 14 days before the expiry of the suspension. A teacher will be posted immediately in cases of revocation and warning.

A teacher who does not receive communication within 28 days after hearing should make enquiries to the Commission Headquarters in person.

Appeal against TSC decision.
A teacher who is aggrieved by the TSC decision can appeal directly to the TSC Secretary or through his/her trade union within 90 days from the date of determination.
A teacher whose name has been removed from the register can appeal to Teachers Service Appeal Tribunal (TSAT) within 28 days of that notice.

Transfer requests are normally considered for approval by the Appointment Board, once, at the end of the year. However, the Commission can transfer a teacher at its discretion. A teacher wishing to be considered for transfer should do so by:

  • Filling in a transfer application form through the head of institution. Transfer forms are available at the DEO/DCE/MEO or can be downloaded from TSC website.
  • Completed application forms should be sent to the TSC or its agents by the head of institution.
  • Transfers for primary school teachers within the district will be handled by the DEO/DCE/MEO. Transfers outside the district will be handled by the TSC headquarters.
  • Transfers for post primary teachers, within the province, will be handled by the PDE in consultation with TSC. Transfers outside the province will be handled at the TSC headquarters.

Transfer requests submitted to the Commission will be acknowledged promptly. The decision of the Appointment Board will later be communicated to the teacher.
Transfers will be granted subject to availability of vacancy and replacement.


Recruitment of teachers by the Commission is demand driven and has been decentralized to TSC County for primary schools and Board of Management for post-primary institutions.


The Commission will advertise available vacancies and interested candidates will be required to submit application forms to the county/institutions where they would wish to be considered for employment.

  • Short listed candidates will be invited to appear before the recruitment panel.
  • Successful candidates will fill employment forms.
  • Agents will submit completed forms and merit lists to TSC headquarters

Vetting Process

The Commission will vet the recruitment documents in accordance with the guidelines and:

  • Inform the recruiting agents of the outcome of the vetting process.
  • Issue appointment letters to successful candidates. Failure to take up the appointment within the stipulated period will automatically lead to cancellation of appointment.

Aggrieved candidates may channel their grievances to the Commission within two weeks from selection date.

Reporting for Duty

On employment the teacher is required to report to the duty station within two weeks from the date of posting.
Upon reporting to the duty station:

The head of institution should promptly submit a Casualty Return to the TSC headquarters.

The teacher is appointed on payroll.

The effective date of appointment should not be earlier than the one indicated in the letter of offer of employment.
The salary entry point, grade and automatic allowances will be based on qualifications and previous experience.

Mode of payment

After appointment on payroll, salary will be paid either through cash or bank.

Cash payment

  • A teacher without a bank account will receive salary through the nearest Post Office.
  • A teacher will be required to produce an introduction letter from the head of institution and an original identity card when being paid.

For convenience you are advised to open a bank account and forward the account details to the Commission

Payment through the bank

  • Fill a bank form and attach certified copies of identity card, bank plate and recent pay slip. The form is available at all TSC Units.
  • Submit the form through the head of institution to TSC headquarters.


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