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Kenya’s Teachers Service Commission hiring 12,000 interns? No, ad fake

An advert posted on Facebook announces that Kenya’s Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is inviting applications to fill 12,000 teacher internships, with 4,000 posts available at primary schools and 8,000 at secondary schools.

It claims the appointments are part of the national government’s new economic stimulus programme, announced in the seventh presidential address on the coronavirus pandemic on 23 May 2020.

“Applicants for the above advertised TSC internship need to know that this program is a one-year short-term program,” the ad reads. “It is aimed at supporting teacher training institutions to equip and sustain the competencies of new teacher trainees.”

Is the ad legit? We checked.

Covid-19 economic stimulus programme

In his 23 May address, president Uhuru Kenyatta introduced an eight-point economic stimulus programme to revitalise Kenya’s economy, which has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

An extra KSh6.5 billion has been allocated for the education ministry to hire 10,000 teachers and 1,000 ICT interns to support digital learning.

“The programme will also support the improvement of school infrastructure, including acquisition of 250,000 locally fabricated desks,” Uhuru said. “The aim is to get thousands of our graduates off the bench and into action while we support local artisans and builders businesses.”

The advert claims that the TSC is recruiting 12,000 interns, but only 10,000 teachers and 1,000 interns will be hired under the stimulus programme.

Ignore fake job advert

On 20 October the TSC posted the advert on Twitter, stamped “FAKE”.

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

TSC spokesperson Beatrice Wababu told Africa Check that the commission usually advertises jobs on its official website and in national newspapers. – Grace Gichuhi


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