Reports had emerged in Facebook claiming that teachers service commission had advertised over 5000 positions for primary teachers. This emerged after the chief executive officer of the commission Nancy Macharia was reappointed to lead the commission. The post was went round during the time to show that she had started delivering in her second term as TSC boss.
Ms Macharia was also accused of being the force behind the wars between Knut and the Kenya. Post Primary Teachers (Kuppet). Some of her controversial policies include the delocalisation of teachers and career development programme and appraisals, which resulted in bad relations with the teachers’ unions, especially the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut). Our fact-check desk looked into the claim and ascertained the following:
While vacant posts are often advertised in Kenya Gazette and the commission website, there were no such advert. The commission also distanced itself from the post and urged teachers and the public to ignore it. Therefore a Facebook post claiming that the Teachers Service Commission in Kenya has advertised 5,000 jobs is false.
This story was produced by Kevin Oduor from Mtaani Radio in Partnership with Code For Africa’s iLAB Data Journalism Program with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.