Interviews for new 10,000 principals, headmasters and deputies in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions will start on February 20.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) said the interviews will be conducted in Kisii, Kisumu, Kakamega, Eldoret, Nakuru, Embu, Machakos, Nyeri, Nairobi and Mombasa.

A total of 20,057 teachers applied for the positions, which will see them promoted to Job Groups K, M and N.

The positions were previously filled through direct appointments, which created opportunities for abuse by the hiring teams.

The new recruitment policy was launched last year after the TSC stopped promoting teachers based on the number of years in service.

“The shortlisted candidates include primary school headteachers and deputies serving in job group G and H who have acquired a Bachelors of Education degree. Others are teachers, deputies and headteachers in job group L who are being interviewed for posts in job group M and N,” said Mr Kihumba Kamotho of the commission’s communication department.