Details of TSC interns programme; Selection criteria, Responsibilities, Statutory deductions and Termination

To ensure effective implementation of Teacher Internship programme, the Commission will appoint supervisors, mentors and assign relevant work to assist the interns acquire necessary skills and maximise on this opportunity.

The commission shall also issue a Certificate of Completion of Internship to the interns upon satisfactory  completion of the programme and Maintain a record of all teacher interns who successfully complete the programme.

In this article, I have detailedly highlighted crucial information pertaining TSC internship programme.

  1. Role of a Supervisor
  2. Role of a Mentor Teacher
  3. Broad Responsibilities of an Intern
  4. Selection Criteria and Placement Procedure
  5. Principles of the Internship Programme
  6. Payment of Stipend to interns, Entitlements, Insurance and Other Requirements
  7. Discontinuation/Termination of Internship
  8. Variation

Role of a Supervisor 

The supervisor shall seek to create a working environment conducive to Teacher Interns’ learning,  training and professional development. Specifically, the Supervisor will be responsible for; 

  • Providing an environment that is favourable to success and the development of the  intern;
  • Assigning duties to the intern;
  • Appointing a mentor for the intern;
  • Overseeing work performance of the intern;
  • Setting performance targets with the intern in consultation with the Mentor;
  • Appraise the intern;
  • Helping in the monitoring and evaluation of the programme in a wholesome way;
  • Assigning space, tools/equipment to the intern within the school;
  • Preparing a written evaluation of the Intern’s performance and organizing a meeting with the Intern to provide feedback;
  • Reporting to the Commission, on termly and annual basis, on the progress of the intern performance and any challenges experienced.
  • The Interns are not employees of the Commission. Accordingly, they may not be deemed or accepted as substitutes for teachers. Interns may not represent the Commission or the hosting institution in any official duty.

Role of a Mentor Teacher 

The mentor’s overall role is to promote the growth and development of the intern by assisting and  guiding the intern in developing knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to the teaching profession. This is intended to improve work experience. The mentor will be responsible for; 

  • Orienting of the intern to the school environment;
  • Developing work programme for the intern;
  • Co-teaching with the intern;
  • Modelling and conducting lesson demonstrations;
  • Providing collegial and emotional support;
  • Demonstrating mastery of subject content and pedagogy;
  • Ensuring that internship programme is implemented as stipulated;
  • Providing experiential learning activities to the intern including setting aside time each day to evaluate the lessons taught and to plan for the following day;
  • Providing supportive environment for the intern to facilitate the intern’s development;
  • Conducting ongoing monitoring and assessment of the intern, observing and evaluating the effectiveness of the intern’s internship program and provide regular feedback on performance to the supervisor.

Broad Responsibilities of an Intern 

As a teacher intern, he/she is expected to earn the respect of his/her students, to be a diligent worker  and to maintain a professional relationship with students, the mentor and other stakeholders. 

The intern will be required to: – 

  • Familiarize and observe Rules, Regulations, Policies, Instructions, Procedures, and Directives of the Commissions’ hosting institution.
  • Plan for all activities for which s/he is responsible and have the plans approved by the mentor teacher prior to implementation;
  • Actively participate in the learning/training experiences at the institution;
  • Always be punctual and dependable;
  • Apply the acquired knowledge, skills and attitude during the period of internship;
  • Complete assignments by the mentor teacher and/or supervisor and fulfil all learning and assessment as required by the programme;
  • Attend all school activities that are required of classroom teachers;
  • Maintain a Logbook which will be verified and certified by the Supervisor;
  • Identify training/internship needs and set internship objectives with supervision;
  • Complete the internship programme as per the letter of offer;
  • Undertake performance evaluation as prescribed by the Code of Regulations for Teachers
  • Initiate meetings with the supervisor and mentor to discuss and receive feedback on the progress of the programme;
  • Establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with students, mentor and other teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders.
  • Observe confidentiality of information and ensure security of official documents, tools and equipment in their possession;
  • Clear with the Supervisor after the Internship period.

SELECTION CRITERIA AND PLACEMENT PROCEDURE 

Selection Criteria 

The selection will be guided by the following: – 

  1. Prescribed academic/professional qualifications;
  2. Merit and Integrity;
  3. Gender consideration;
  4. Regional representation;
  5. Disability status;
  6. Minority and marginalized.

Selection Procedures 

Selection will be done through a competitive process and the following procedure will apply: – 

  1. The Commission will advertise teaching vacancies in daily newspapers and TSC website;
  2. The advertisement for internship will include teaching subjects, number of interns required, duration of internship, deadline for application, eligibility and stipend payable;
  3. Arising from decentralization of teacher recruitment, the Commission agents will conduct the process of selection of teacher interns including verifying the authenticity of their academic & professional certificates;
  4. The Commission will provide guidance on recruitment guidelines and job posting;
  5. Once selected, the intern shall sign an Internship Agreement with the Commission using a prescribed format.

Principles of the Internship Programme 

The Internship Programme will ensure;- 

  1. Inclusivity and accessibility to opportunities by Interns from diverse backgrounds representative of the Country’s demographics through a transparent recruitment and selection process;
  2. Interns are provided with and acquire practical experience necessary for their professional and career development.
  3. They should also be assisted to develop interpersonal relations, decision – making ability and Institutions management skills;
  4. Prudent management of resources including, the material and human resources under their care;
  5. Training and work experience is relevant to the individual and collective needs of the intern and the institutions respectively.

PAYMENT OF STIPEND TO INTERNS, ENTITLEMENTS, INSURANCE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS 

Remuneration 

Internship will be non-remunerative. However, interns will be paid a stipend as may be determined  by the Commission from time to time. In this regard, the Commission will make budgetary provision on an annual basis. 

Statutory deductions 

The Commission will deduct the following and any other statutory deductions where applicable from the stipend payable to the Intern; 

  1. Pay as You Earn (PAYE);
  2. National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

Other Personnel entitlements 

An Intern will be entitled to the following: – 

  1. One (1) month sick leave with pay;
  2. Fifteen days (15) annual leave with pay.

Insurance 

All interns will be required to have a Personal Accident Insurance to cover for personal risks during  the internship period.

They will also be required to register with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) or other reputable medical insurance firm. 

Other requirements 

To ensure confidentiality of the Commission’s information, safety of learners and property that may be assigned to them, the intern will be required to provide information including; 

  1. A valid Certificate of Good Conduct;
  2. National Identity Card (ID) or copy of passport and a copy of KRA PIN Certificate;
  3. Two (2) coloured passport size photographs;
  4. Teacher Registration Certificate; and
  5. Sign for documents, tools/equipment issued to them.

DISCONTINUATION/TERMINATION OF INTERNSHIP 

Generally, unsatisfactory performance or failure to conform to the standards of conduct prescribed for the Internship may lead to termination of the internship at the initiative of the Commission or an Officer or Agent of the Commission.

Specifically, An Intern may be discontinued from the programme on any of the following grounds;

  1. Any serious breach of the duties and obligations which in the view of the hosting Institution would justify separation before the end of the period of internship;
  2. Absence from the hosting institution continuously for two (2) or more days without permission or reasonable cause;
  3. Engage in unethical conduct such as but not limited to immoral behaviour, professional misconduct and being of infamous conduct as stipulated in the CORT.
  4. Performance is not satisfactory and not in line with the relevant provisions of the Code of Regulations and Code of Conduct & Ethics for teachers;
  5. Is charged in a court of law with a criminal offence;
  6. Wilfully destroys the property of the hosting institution;
  7. If at any time a hosting institution sustains a loss that is attributable to the gross negligence;
  8. Refuses to obey lawful instructions.
  9. The Commission may terminate the interns contract for whatever reason by giving thirty (30) days written notice.

In any event that the Internship may be discontinued by the Intern, he/she will;

  1. Submit a written letter of resignation/ termination of the contract to the Commission through the Supervisor by giving thirty (30) days Written Notice.
  2. Giving a two (2) weeks’ Written Notice before taking up employment offered to him/her before the expiry of the agreed internship period.

Note that, the Commission reserves the right to terminate the contract with an intern at any point during the internship period. 

Variation 

The Commission may vary or terminate it altogether to conform to or in accordance with;- 

  1. Government policy;
  2. Level of budget allocation.
  3. Any fiscal measures the government or the Commission may put in place for the financial years relating to the Internship Programme.