Reasons Why TSC Can Disqualifying Applicants In July Recruitment Exercise

Teachers Service Commission, TSC, under given circumstances can disqualify candidates from participating in the recruitment exercise.

In this write up, am going to delve deeply into some of the reasons that have been cited by TSC for disqualifying applicants in the recruitment exercise.


Applicants presenting forged documents is the main reason that may lead to disqualification during recruitment exercise. The University indicated in the certificate  is contacted to ascertain whether the degree is authentic.

Deregistered Teachers

Teachers who have been deregistered probably due to dismissal from the service or professional misconduct is another reason for disqualification during interviews.

Possession of Two TSC Numbers

Teachers who have two TSC numbers are also disqualified during the recruitment exercise. Having two TSC numbers comes after applying for another TSC number after being deregistered owing to professional misconduct.

Not Meeting Minimum Requirements

Applicant who does not meet the minimum threshold for recruitment are also disqualified during interview or selection exercise. For one to secure employment with TSC, applicant must score a minimum KCSE grade of C+ and at least C+ in the two teaching subjects. For bridging one must score C (plain)  in the teaching subject through A-level.

Certificates From Unrecognised Institutions

Applicants who poses certificates from unrecognized institutions are also disqualified during TSC recruitment exercise.

A good example is  Grade III teacher from Kyambogo University(Uganda). KNEC does not recognize Grade III certificates from Kyambogo University.

Not Declaring your Previous Employment

It is always important to note that TSC requires applicants to indicate whether they were previously employed by the commission. If one does not indicate, he or she will be disqualified.

Lack of Teaching Exposure

Teachers who have not attended their teaching practise after undertaking of enhancement programme will be disqualified during interviews.

Missing on the Graduation List

If an applicant is missing on the graduation list, he or she will be disqualified. This therefore means that one must present evidence of appearing on the graduation list.

Different Names on Certificates

Names that are appearing on all certificates must be consistent. If different names appear on ones certificate, the applicant will be disqualified.  Teacher  is required to submit a deed poll to justify the change of names.

Important notes:

Applicants whose names differ in the academic and professional certificates and/or identification cards MUST present an Affidavit sworn under the Oaths and Statutory Declarations Act, Cap 15 of the Laws of Kenya to explain the variance in names.

Applicants who re-sat either KCPE or KCSE examinations (or their equivalents) MUST present certified copies of the certificate(s) of the national examination(s) for all attempts. Copies of Certificates must be certified by the Sub-County Directors. In the event the exam was cancelled applicants must present a letter from the Head of Institution together with a certified copy of KNEC print out from the school confirming the cancellation.