How to Register as a Teacher in Kenya. The Teachers Service Commission Act 2012 Article 237, requires the commission to register all qualified teachers before they can teach in any public or private institution. A teacher who meets the requirements for registration will be issued with the certificate of Registration bearing a TSC number within 30 days. The names of all registered teachers will be published every year.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is mandated by the Constitution of Kenya
(2010), Article 237 to among others;
- Register qualified persons as teachers and
- Review the standards of education and training of persons entering the teaching service.
The TSC Act (2012) Section 23 (2) prohibits any person from engaging in teaching service unless one is registered as a teacher. The TSC Code of Regulations for Teachers (2015) Part III further provides Conditions and Procedure for Registration of Teachers.
Teachers Service Commission is responsible for the registration of teachers with the following grades;
- Early Child Development Education-ECDE
- Primary Teacher Education-PTE
- Diploma in Education
- Diploma in Education for Visually and hearing impaired
- Bachelor of Education
- Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science
Procedure TSC Teacher Registration Process
The Commission has provided an online platform for application and registration of
teachers. Once an applicant is sure that he/she has all the required documents, they can visit the TSC website – www.teachersonline.go.ke and begin the application process.
Upon the receipt of the application, the Commission vets the documents and the
applicant is given response / decision within 30 (thirty days).
If the application is successful, the applicant is issued with a Registration Certificate which bears the
Commission’s Chief Executive Officer’s signature.
The Certificate is then immediately posted to the teacher through the postal address indicated in the application.
Also applicants can access their registration status and/or TSC Number online on TSC website.
Apply Online – Register as a Teacher in Kenya
1.To Register for TSC Number as a teacher, visit www.teachersonline.go.ke.
2.Click on New Teacher Registration
3.Enter your Identification card number or passport number and surname
5.A new form will appear, asking for the remaining information, i.e names, address, e.t.c
6.After clicking next, a page will appear asking to upload documents. List and attach the documents.
7.Once the documents have been attached, click upload. Once attachement at a time.
8.After uploading, click next and continue filling the form.
Required Documents – Register as a Teacher in Kenya
- You will need to scan and upload
- Certified copies of academic and professional certificates ,the national identity card and(1) passport photo size.
- Entry and work permits for non-Kenyans
Applicants are required to apply for registration online and the user-guide is also available.
One should scan and upload the following documents:
- Certified copies of academic and professional certificates
- National identity card
- Bank slip
- One passport size photo
- KRA pin
- GP69 form
- Certificate of good conduct
- Entry and work permits for non-Kenyans.
Deposit Ksh 1,055 through Direct Banking or Simple Banking. (KSh 1,000 is a non refundable registration fee and ksh 55 for Bank Commission Charge to the TSC)
Kindly note that application for a duplicate certificate will be KSh 2055/- payable to National Bank of Kenya Ltd, Harambee Avenue branch, Account Name: TSC-Secretariat Account Number: 01001005707400
Click here for registration and payment guidelines
*Only original documents should be scanned
Office Locations & Contacts
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Jogoo House “B”, Harambee Avenue
P.O. Box 30040, Nairobi
The applicant should be of good conduct, and holds a relevant certificate issued to him/her under any law relating to education and training.
Fees – Register as a Teacher in Kenya
- A fee of Ksh 550 to to the TSC Registration Account through either Direct or Simple banking. (KShs.500 is a non refundable registration fee and Ksh. 50 for Bank Commission Charge)
- National Bank of Kenya (Direct Banking to A/C No. 01001000905001 or Simple Banking using Business Number 547700.
- Ensure you have either Bank Deposit Slip Number or Simple Banking generated Code before proceeding with the application.
Validity – Register as a Teacher in Kenya
Validity is indefinite.
It takes 14 days
Instructions – Register as a Teacher in Kenya
- The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) does not accept paper applications.
- It is a serious offence to willfully give false information to the Teachers Service Commission
1.Identification number or passport number
6.Educational and professional qualifications
Need for the Document – Register as a Teacher in Kenya
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) of Kenya is an Independent government Commission established under the Constitution of Kenya to manage human resource within the education sector. It is here where the registration of new teachers takes place.
Offenses relating to teacher registration
The TSC Code of Regulations 2015, Regulation 39 spells out that any person who;
- falsely or fraudulently holds himself / herself as a registered teacher,
- Not being a registered teacher and teaches or assists in teaching in any school,
- causes, permits, or employs to teach in any school a person who is not
- defaces, amends or erases any entry in the Certificate of Registration,
- Applies for employment as a teacher in any name other than the full name as
entered in the Register of Teachers,
- has been removed from the Register of Teachers but continues to teach or
- having been removed from the Register of Teachers and continues to hold and
use the Certificate of Registration for teaching or for any other purpose,
- commits an offence and is liable on conviction a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or both.
Removal of the Name from TSC Register
The Commission is mandated by the TSC Act (2012), Regulation 30 to after due
process remove from the register the name of a person who;
- has died,
- the Commission is satisfied has obtained registration through fraudulent
- has been convicted of a sexual offence or an offence against a pupil or a student,
- has been convicted of a criminal offence which in the opinion of the Commission renders the person unfit to be a teacher,
- the Commission has directed removal from the register as a result of disciplinary proceedings instituted or
- Suffers from physical or mental illness or infirmity which renders the person incapable of performing the duties as a teacher.
External Links – Register as a Teacher in Kenya
Teacher Registration enquiries
For any inquiries on Teacher Registration the applicants or the public can Call 020-
2892351 or send an e-mail to; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temporary Teacher Registration Certificate from TSC
The TSC Code of Regulations (2015), Regulation 27 mandates the Commissions to issue a Temporary Teacher Registration Certificate to a person who;
- is in Kenya on recognized education exchange programmes or other
international bilateral arrangements or
- not having trained as a teacher but holds a relevant certificate issued to
him/her under any law relating to education and training.
Revocation/recall of tsc certificate of registration
The Commission is mandated by the TSC Code of Regulations for Teachers (2015),
regulation 30 to after a due process revoke and recall a Certificate of Registration that
was obtained through;
- a result of mistake or
- other unlawful means
Why TSC may not register a teacher
Section 27 of TSC Act 2012 mandates the Commission not register a person as a
- does not possess the prescribed qualifications,
- is not of good moral character,
- has been convicted of a sexual offence or an offence committed against a learner,
- has been convicted of a criminal offence which in the opinion of the Commission, renders the person unfit to be teacher,
- is engaged in any activities which in the opinion of the Commission, are prejudicial to peace, good order or good government in Kenya,
- Suffers from such physical or mental infirmity which in the opinion of a registered medical practitioner renders the person incapable of performing the duties of a teacher.
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