TSC promotion shortlisted teachers. If you’ve received an invitation to attend an interview with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and are uncertain about what to expect and how to prepare, you’re in the right place.
This guide will help you gain insight into the questions you might face and the appropriate responses.
Here’s a compilation of TSC Promotion Interview Questions and their answers:
**1. Structure of the Ministry of Education:**
The Ministry of Education operates under the leadership of the Cabinet Secretary. Below this position, there are three Principal Secretaries, with the Director General overseeing them.
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**2. Role of the Minister for Education:**
The Minister for Education plays a crucial role, which includes policy formulation, managing professional functions related to education, project and program development, curriculum development, training initiatives, conducting examinations, granting aid to schools, addressing audit reports, handling student admissions and transfers, and managing student discipline.
**3. Publishers for the Ministry of Education:**
The Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) is responsible for publishing materials for the Ministry of Education.
**4. Roles of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Inspectorate, and Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC):**
The KICD has several functions, such as advising the government on curriculum development, evaluating and approving curricula, conducting research, and collaborating with other institutions to organize professional development programs.
The KNEC, on the other hand, is responsible for developing national examination tests, registering candidates, conducting examinations, and awarding certificates and diplomas on successful completion.
**5. National Goals of Education:**
The national goals of education in Kenya include fostering nationalism, patriotism, promoting national unity, addressing social, economic, technological, and industrial needs, ensuring individual development and self-fulfillment, promoting social equality and responsibility, instilling moral and religious values, fostering international consciousness and positive attitudes toward other nations, and encouraging a positive attitude towards health and the environment.
**6. Composition of the Board of Management of a School and Selection Process:**
The Board of Management (B.O.M) consists of various members, including the school head as the secretary, elected representatives of parents or the local community, county board nominees, teachers’ representatives, school sponsors’ representatives, special interest group representative, persons with special needs representative, and a student council representative.
**7. Roles of B.O.M and Parent Association (P.A) in a School:**
The B.O.M plays a crucial role in providing oversight for school management, monitoring curriculum delivery and student achievement, ensuring teacher competence, developing institutional policies, and mobilizing resources.
The P.A, on the other hand, supports the school by raising funds, explaining school roles to the community, providing input on academic improvement and moral standards, and helping maintain discipline.
**8. Definitions of Curriculum, Co-curricular, and Core Curriculum:**
– Curriculum encompasses all planned learning programs, covering formal, non-formal, and informal learning.
– Co-curricular activities are voluntary and include sports, clubs, student government, and school publications.
– Core curriculum refers to the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected to be learned by all students.
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**9. Differentiating Between Formal, Non-formal, and Informal Curriculum:**
– Formal curriculum is organized and planned within educational institutions, such as schools, with structured classrooms.
– Non-formal curriculum is organized and planned but operates outside the formal education system, focusing on practical skills for specific groups.
– Informal or hidden curriculum is lifelong learning from everyday experiences that are not necessarily planned.
**10. Process of Curriculum Development:**
The curriculum development process involves several stages, such as needs assessment, conceptualization, policy formulation, curriculum design, syllabus development, curriculum support materials creation, training curriculum implementers, piloting, national implementation, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation.
**11. Difference Between Curriculum and Syllabus:**
Curriculum encompasses all learning programs, while a syllabus is a course outline that defines the topics and objectives to be learned within a specified time frame.
**12. Process of Curriculum Development:**
The nine-stage curriculum development model adopted by KICD includes needs assessment, conceptualization and policy formulation, curriculum design, syllabus development, curriculum support materials creation, training curriculum implementers, piloting, national implementation, and continuous monitoring and evaluation.
**13. Cases of Interdiction Where a Teacher Earns Half Salary:**
Interdiction cases that result in a teacher earning half salary include fraudulent payment or excessive payment from public revenues, failure to comply with procurement laws, mismanagement of funds, incurring expenditures without planning, and any offense involving dishonesty under written laws.
**14. Types of Leave for Teachers:**
Teachers are entitled to various types of leave, including maternity leave, paternity leave, study leave (with or without pay), annual leave (30 days for permanent and pensionable teachers), sick leave, compassionate leave, special leave, compulsory leave, and leave without pay, depending on specific circumstances.
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**15. Study Leave with Pay:**
Teachers can be granted study leave with pay if they have worked for the TSC for a minimum of five years, are pursuing postgraduate diplomas or degrees in education, and meet certain performance criteria.
**16. Possible Verdicts of Interdiction:**
Possible outcomes of interdiction include revoking it if there’s no offense, issuing warnings in writing, imposing surcharges, suspending without pay for up to six months, retiring in the public interest, referring for medical evaluation, or ultimately dismissing and deregistering a teacher.
**17. Differences Between Interdiction and Suspension:**
– Suspension is a temporary prohibition of a teacher from their duties pending the resolution of a disciplinary case.
– Interdiction involves the removal of a teacher from service as per TSC regulations.
**18. Interdiction Cases Without Earning Money:**
Cases where a teacher doesn’t earn money during interdiction include chronic absenteeism, desertion of duty, imprisonment, misappropriation/mismanagement of public funds, fraudulent claims, use of false certificates, forgery, impersonation, collusion, and immoral behavior.
**19. Curriculum Based Establishment (C.B.E):**
C.B.E represents the number of teachers a school requires relative to the number of streams in the school. It is calculated based on the minimum number of lessons a teacher should teach (27) and the subjects offered in the school.
**20. Cases of Interdiction Without Earning Money:**
Interdiction cases where a teacher doesn’t earn any money include fraudulent payment, failure to comply with procurement laws, mismanagement of funds, incurring expenditures without planning, and any offense involving dishonesty under written laws.
**21. Education Commissions and Recommendations:**
Several education commissions in Kenya since independence have made recommendations:
i) Ominde Commission (1964) reformed the education system for national unity.
ii) Bessay Report (1972) recommended changes to the curriculum.
iii) Gachathi Report (1976) redefined educational policies.
v) Kamunge Commission (1988) focused on education financing, quality, and relevance.
vi) Koech Commission (2000) recommended the Totally Integrated and Quality Education and Training (TIQET) to accelerate development.
**22. Informal Education, Formal Education, and Non-Formal Education:**