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TSC Latest Circular on Study Leave Application by Teachers and Approvals

TSC Study Leave Approved Status- If you are intending to further your studies, then you can apply for a study leave. The Application for the study leave is made to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). Advancing your studies is one surest way of having competitive advantage during TSC promotions and it also increases your chances of landing greener pastures.

Getting a TSC study leave approval is not a walk in the park, though. This is because the Commission limits the number of teachers to proceed on study leave so as not to affect curriculum delivery as a result of reduced teaching staff.



The study leave application form has been modified to show the number of streams in a school and the number of teachers on study leave. It will apply to all teachers wishing to proceed on study leave.

On receipt of the study leave application, the Commission will decide whether one qualifies for:-

  1. Study leave with pay
  2. Study leave without pay
  3. No study leave in which case the teacher will be required to resign or be deemed to have deserted if he/she proceeds for studies.


Application for study leave will be forwarded to the Commission at least three months prior to commencement of studies. Where Government scholarship is received late the Commission will consider late application.

The application form will be completed in triplicate and the copies distributed as follows:-

  • The original copy will be forwarded to TSC by The County Director.
  • The duplicate copy will be retained in the office of The County Director
  • The triplicate copy will be retained in the institution

Guidelines for study leave application

  1. Teachers will qualify for study leave only when they are attending full time
  2. Teachers pursuing studies for their first degree will not qualify for any study
  3. The number of teachers on study leave at any one time should not exceed 2% of
    a county’s primary school’s teacher population. For post primary institutions the number will be limited to one teacher for a single streamed school, two for a double streamed school, three for a triple streamed school and four for four streams and above. There should not be more than one teacher on study leave from a department at any one time.
  4. A newly employed teacher will not qualify for study leave unless he/she has worked for the Teachers Service Commission for five years.
  5. A teacher will not qualify for study leave if he/she wishes to study in an area that
    is not in the school curricula or in the Study Leave Policy.
  6. A teacher will only qualify for study leave after serving for three years since the expiry of a previous study leave, whether such leave was with or without pay except for KISE certificate cases who will be required to serve for one year.
  7. A teacher on study leave will be required to submit semester progress report to the Teachers Service Commission Headquarters at the end of each semester.
  8. A teacher will be required to submit the certificate one year after completion or the expiry of the leave. Teachers who for any reason are unable to complete or pass their courses will be required to report back to the commission immediately and produce documentary evidence of the part of the course covered and the reasons for the inability to complete the course. A teacher who does not pass the course will not qualify for any other leave thereafter.
  9. Teachers on study leave will remain answerable to the headteacher in their duty station. For that reason teachers on study leave should report to the headteacher for assignment of duties when there are interruptions in their programmes.
  10. Extension of study leave will be limited to a maximum of three months and will be without pay
  11. Teachers admitted to foreign universities who are self sponsored will only qualify for unpaid study leave.
  12. A teacher on study leave will be required to apply for posting in writing to the Teachers Service Commission at least 30 days before the completion of the programme for which the leave was granted or expiry of the leave.
  13. Teachers above fifty five (55) years of age will not qualify for study leave for courses exceeding 6 months.
  14. On expiry of study leave teachers may not necessarily be posted to their formerstations.
  15. Upon approval of study leave, a teacher will be bonded to serve in the Public Service for varying periods based on the duration of the leave.
  16. Teachers pursuing masters degrees through school based or part-time programmes will qualify for a maximum of 3 months leave to carry out research. However, this leave cannot be extended.
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TSC Study Leave with pay

The following categories of teachers will qualify for study leave with pay.

  1. Teachers selected for training locally or abroad by the Commission, Ministry of Education or the Ministry of state for Public Service provided they fulfill all other conditions attached to study leave.
  2. Untrained Graduate Teachers in the employment of Teachers Service Commission, studying for the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in approved Universities.
  3. Untrained Technical Teachers, Assistant Lecturers and Lecturers in the employment of Teachers Service Commission, undertaking professional training at Kenya
  4. Technical Teachers College or a post graduate diploma in a recognized university. Trained Technical Teachers and lectures in the employment of Teachers Service Commission admitted to National Polytechnics and accredited local universities for Higher Diploma and masters degree in the following course areas:
  • Engineering Courses
  • Mechanical Engineering/Agricultural Engineering/Water Engineering
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanics/automotive Engineering
  • Electrical engineering/Electronics engineering
  • Structures/Civil Engineering/Construction/Architecture
  • Computer Science/Engineering
  • Clothing, Fashion design and Textile Technology
  • Applied Sciences/Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Pharmacy
  • Applied Biology
  • Food & Beverage and Hotel Management
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Library Science
  • Food Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Bakery Management
  • Institutional Management
  • Business Studies
  • CPA/CPS part III
  • Secretarial Studies
  • Co-operative Management
  • Supplies Management
  • Information Technology
  • Tourism Management
  • Technical Education
  • B.Ed Technology
  • Master of Technical Education, Vocational and
  • Industrial Training

5.  P1/AT IV teachers admitted to Kenya Institute of Special Education to study a Diploma in Special Education.
6. Teachers admitted in accredited local Universities to study for Masters Degrees in the following areas:-

  • History
  • Geography
  • Christian Religious Education
  • Islamic Religious Education
  • English
  • Kiswahili
  • French
  • German
  • Arabic
  • Fine Art
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Agriculture
  • Business studies
  • Special Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • M. Ed Technology
  • Guidance and Counseling/Education Psychology/
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Education Planning and Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management & Development,
  • MBA: Human Resource Management &
  • Development, Strategic Management,
  • Project Planning & Management

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TSC Study Leave Without Pay

The following categories of teachers will qualify for study leave without pay:-

  1. P1/AT IV teachers admitted to Diploma Colleges provided the subject studied is in the school curricula
  2. P1/AT IV teachers admitted to National Polytechnics or Institutes of Technology for areas relevant to the teaching curricula
  3. Teachers studying for PHDs
  4. Teachers admitted to accredited Universities for masters degree courses in the following areas:-
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Physical Education
  • Research
  • Environmental Studies
  • HIV Aids, Disaster Management
  • Gender Based Courses
  • Poverty Eradication
  • Sustainable Development
  • Conflict resolution
  • Education Communications Technology and Media Studies

Procedure of applying for study leave

  1. The application should be forwarded to the Commission at least one month before the commencement date.
  2. An application should be accompanied by the admission letter.
  3. A teacher should not proceed on leave before approval and formal release.
  4. Once granted, leave should be utilized for the approved purpose failure to which disciplinary action will be taken.
  5. Teachers should report for posting 30 days before expiry of the leave and provide evidence of having undertaken studies.
  6. Those on study leave lasting less than six months should report back to their stations for allocation of duties. Their heads of institutions should inform the Commission immediately.


  1. Teachers who are granted study leave with pay will be bonded to work for the commission as follows:
  2. For courses lasting six months but less than one year will be bonded for a period of one year.
  3. For courses lasting less than two years will be bonded for two year.
  4. Those attending courses lasting two years or more will be bonded for three years.

Where a teacher under bond obligation chooses to terminate his/her service, he/she will be required to pay in full the total cost of training, the salaries and allowances paid to him/her while on study leave.

Self-sponsored teachers will be required to repay an amount equivalent to the salaries and allowances paid to them while on study leave. The bond will not be applicable to those who have proceeded on unpaid study leave.

Checking Study Leave Status.

After making application for a study leave, it is important that you check the status of your application. This can be done online at the TSC Portal. The Commission indicates the status of the approved study leaves after scrutinizing the applications.

To check the study leave status, click on this Link; TSC Study Leave Status Checking Portal.

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