Kuppet Opposes Intern Contract Renewal. Regarding the hiring of intern teachers, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) have been at odds.
The union has objected to recent remarks made by the TSC, claiming that teachers under contract will stay in their current roles for an extra year before having their terms of service reviewed.
Members of Parliament were notified by the TSC last week that intern teachers will need to wait an additional year to be officially confirmed by the government for permanent and pensionable posts.
Kuppet Opposes Intern Contract Renewal
After serving for two years, the 46,000 teachers will automatically become permanent and pensionable (PNP), according to TSC Director of Teachers Staffing Antonina Lentoijoni.
Lentoijoni clarified the distinction between two sets of interns: those who began on February 1 and those who started on September 1. She clarifiedthat letters of contract extension for an additional year, expected in December, apply to the February group.
Speaking before the National Assembly Education Committee chaired by Tinderet MP Julius Melly, KUPPET insisted that the TSC must uphold its earlier commitment and absorb the teachers into permanent and pensionable positions immediately upon the completion of their first-year term.
The TSC’s proposal to place teachers on internship contracts in elementary and junior secondary schools (JSS) has alarmed KUPPET Secretary-General Akelo Misori.
“The TSC has not taken the necessary steps to employ the teachers on a permanent basis from January 2024, when their current contract expires, despite the fact that the teachers’ employment contract clearly stipulates that they were to serve as interns for only one year,” the speaker said.
Misori emphasized the difficult working conditions these teachers endured, including only getting half of their rightful pay and being subject to the same taxes as other educators in their grade, which included an obligatory housing levy and NSSF contributions.