TSC requirements for primary teachers [latest guidelines]

Last updated on July 25th, 2023 at 05:00 am

This article focuses on the TSC requirements for primary teachers.

It’s for you if you have a dream of working as a primary school teacher in Kenya and has been wondering if you met the requirements to be enlisted as a teacher.

It can also be helpful for fresh form 4 graduates who are contemplating taking a primary teachers teaching course in one of Kenya’s teachers training colleges.

Let’s get started.

TSC requirements for primary teachers

Now, for you to be considered for employment as a primary teacher in Kenya, you have to satisfy all the following TSC requirements for primary teachers.

  1. Be a Kenyan citizen.
  2. Hold a PTE Certificate (P1 certificate) from KNEC Or.
  3. A Bachelors of Education degree (Primary education) from a university recognized by the government of Kenya (with 2 teaching subjects.).

Besides, TSC requires that you’re not more than 45 years old when applying for employment as a primary school teacher in Kenya.


Qualifications for primary school teacher in Kenya -Other requirements

You must be registered with the TSC and have a TSC number according to the specifications of the TSC Act Cap 212, Section 23(1) at the time of application.

If you lack the physical TSC registration certificate (perhaps you’re yet to receive it), make sure that you attach a printout of your TSC number application (as made online) showing the verified status.

This is taken to be evidence that you have met the basic requirements to be registered as a primary teacher in Kenya.


A word on primary teacher training and job groups in Kenya

Please note that the government has abolished the P1 certificate and replaced it with a Diploma Training program for primary school teachers.

Subsequently, new primary school teachers are now being employed under job grade B5 and not the older job group G as it has been the tradition for fresh P1 teachers.

Other grades, starting with J, K, L, M, and N, have been renamed C1, C2, C3, C4, and C5 in that order.


TSC requirements for primary teachers – Frequently asked Questions [FAQs]

When will TSC employ new teachers?

It’s not clear the exact dates but TSC employs new teachers every year.

There is usually a major recruitment exercise where thousands of teachers are hired then a few others across the year where the TSC fills positions left vacant by teachers who have left the service through natural attrition.


Can I apply online?

Sure, the TSC online teachers recruitment portal is always on and you can upload your documents there and wait if the advert has a position you qualify for.

Note that a hard copy application to the commission is not necessary if you apply online.


What is the age limit for TSC employment?

As previously mentioned, the maximum age for you to get employment as a teacher in Kenya is 45 years.

But under TSC act 2012, TSC sometimes hires those over 45 years in contract terms.

Those engaged under contract can only serve up to 65 years of age.


How many teacher has the TSC employed in Kenya?

The number of TSC teachers in Kenya stands at slightly above 220000 primary school teachers and 105000 tutors in the local secondary schools.


Does TSC employ special needs teachers?

Yes, they do (keep checking their adverts on the website to know when they have openings).

And the good thing is that all you need is to have undergone special needs education (for the visually and hearing impaired) in an accredited institution.

You, of course, have to meet the other requirement for primary teacher including the age limit.

TSC contacts

If you have any issue you would like clarified about the TSC requirements for primary teachers, contact the director of staffing at the commission using the following hotlines:

Telephone 1: 0202892193

Telephone 2: 0202892131

You can also write to him/her through the official staffing email address dirtm@tsc.go.ke

To keep track of the available positions, regularly visit www.tsc.go.ke.

This is the site to keep an eye on for everything concerning recruitment.




Qualifications for secondary school teacher in Kenya (TSC qualifications for secondary school teachers / TSC requirements for secondary teachers)

KICD act

TSC registration requirements and Procedure for teacher registration


35 thoughts on “TSC requirements for primary teachers [latest guidelines]”

  1. I have C- in KCSE and I have taken my diploma in Tanzania, Am I qualify to be a primary teacher in Kenya as I am a Kenyan?

  2. Now p1 certificate has been abolished by the Government and replaced it by diploma …what of those had already been trained and are yet to be employed by tsc…

  3. Now p1 certificate has been abolished by the Government and replaced by diploma …what of those had already been trained and are yet to be employed by tsc…

    • We understand that the government has plans to first take P1 holders through CBC training with the objective of ensuring they’re hired in the future

  4. I did a diploma in education primary option at Kenyatta University. I applied for a TSC number but it wasn’t successful. Please advice,can I get the tsc number with a diploma in primary option if not advice me on what I should do .

  5. Which are some of the colleges offering the Diploma courses and can one do it through online clsasses?

  6. Hello I did a diploma in education early childhood and primary education (ECPE) in moi and a knec diploma and am 45 yrs can tsc help me

  7. Hello I did diploma in special needs education I applied for tsc no but the message came back that I do not qualify due to my ksce mean grade C plain.
    What should I do next ?please help.

  8. I have done bachelors of education( early childhood and primary education) which category do I fall, ECD or primary when it comes to apply TSC NO.?

  9. I had a c plain in 2021 last exam but I had c-in maths and sciences. Can I be qualified to become a primary teacher? Are there adjustments…. I have interest in that.

  10. Mellen Awuor
    Hello,I got a C plain in KCSE,went ahead and did Diploma in Education primary option, later I did Bachelor in primary option and got the TSC number.Any time I try to apply I am told I don’t qualify.What is my fate.Please help

  11. My son did a Diploma in secondary Education option can he be allowed for a degree in primary education since recommendation from TSC were that the diploma was a bridge university


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