Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has stated that it will not use age limit to bar teachers in the recently advertised recruitment vacancies.
In past recruitments, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) locked out those above 45 years in their selection criteria.
In 2019 the High Court ruled that the age limit was unconstitutional, the process favoured younger graduates. This move opens doors for thousands who were jobless or for one reason or another had been employed in the private sector past the preferred age.
According to TSC the age restriction was introduced to maintain efficiency, institutionalise succession planning and persons agile enough to engage the expectation of learners in public schools.
While appearing in parliament before education committee, TSC chairman Jamleck Muturi promised those who have been absent that they will be prioritised in the exercise in response to a question from Malava MP Malulu Injendi.
“During the recruitment, we will consider the time when the teachers graduated and the grade strength. We encourage even those teachers with 58 years to apply so that they can be considered to serve the commission for the remaining period before they attain the retirement age,” Muturi said.
He added: “To ensure transparency, the guidelines are structured so that those who graduated early are given the first priority.”
Members of the National Assembly sought assurance after investigating why there is discrimination based on age or year of graduation.