Changes In TSC Transfer Rules. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will put a stop to teacher transfers and departures in order to facilitate the planning and administration of the national exams in 2023.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations are now being administered and monitored by teachers.
Around 1,415,315 applicants will sit for the KCPE exam, and another 903,260 will sit for the KCSE exam.
KPSEA will also be taken by 1,282,574 Grade Six students.
TSC will, however, start mass transfers of teachers in December for instructors with acceptable replacements.
Last month, Education Cabinet Ezekiel Machogu said that due to a shortage of acceptable placements, 26,871 teachers have yet to be relocated back to their home counties.
As of June 30, 46,926 primary and secondary school teachers had sought to be relocated back to their home counties, but only 20,055 had been done so.
Mr Machogu stated in front of the Senate that the TSC will guarantee that the station the teacher is leaving has an appropriate replacement and that the station to which the teacher has sought for transfer has a vacancy.
This would allow the commission to oversee the equitable distribution and optimal utilization of instructors around the country for the benefit of all students.
The policy on transfers has already been reversed. It is no longer in use.
Mr. Machogu stated that the TSC must “ensure equitable distribution and optimal utilization of teachers in all public basic education institutions to ensure that learners throughout the country have access to quality education as required by Article 43 of the Constitution” in order to carry out its mandate to transfer and post teachers.
TSC TRANSFER CRITERIA
According to the CS, TSC used delocalization—in which instructors were sent to schools outside of their hometowns—to:
- foster national unification and cohesiveness,
- avoid management conflicts of interest, and
- alleviate teacher shortages in specific regions of the nation.
Other variables considered by the TSC include:
- the availability of vacancies in the proposed station,
- the necessity for replacement,
- existing staffing rules, medical reasons, and other factors.
This is done to prevent widespread teacher evacuations, which could endanger students and interrupt classroom instruction, he said.
TSC received 35,959 applications from elementary-level instructors seeking transfers, but only 17,942 have been made, leaving 18,017 on hold since there aren’t enough competent replacements.
Only 2,113 out of 10, 967 post-primary teachers who asked for transfer were accepted.
The Commission has refused to transfer foreign instructors employed at North Eastern notwithstanding their protests.
Changes In TSC Transfer Rules