Teachers Retirement Age Limit Reviewed. To provide young people a chance to work in the public sector, a parliamentary committee is exploring raising the obligatory retirement age from the current 60 years to 55.
The National Assembly’s Labour committee announced on Thursday, August 3, that it would offer an amendment to the Public Service Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023 that would set the retirement age at 55.
Benjamin Gathiru, the MP for Embakasi Central, is the sponsor of a bill that would change the present Act by stating that no officer should serve in an acting capacity for more than six months.
Kangundo MP Fabian Muli said if the committee is to serve the interest of the youth, then it should propose further amendments to the Bill to reduce the retirement age.
“We need to think further and reduce the age to 55 to make the youth of this country proud,” Mr Muli said.
He declared that should the committee fail to factor in the age reduction amendment, he would propose the change as an individual.
Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga said the committee needs to amend the necessary legal provisions on the retirement age.
“We need to get to know how the 60 years retirement age was arrived at so that we can amend those provisions,” Mr Chonga said.
Lunga Lunga MP Mangale Munga, while supporting the reduction of the retirement age, said there is a need to cater for the growth of young people.
“Why 60 years? It should be made 55 years old so as to make space for the young people. That is a proposal, it might be popular or unpopular but that is what I think,” Mr Munga said.
Teachers Retirement Age Limit Reviewed
Mr Gathiru said: “I have given the committee leeway to amend the Bill but we should not lose the meaning and its intention,” Mr Gathiru said.
If the proposals sail through, it will mean that the majority of civil servants expected to retire in the next five years will go home earlier, a move that will have far-reaching implications, including burdening a government already struggling with finances through a heavier pension bill.
The mandatory retirement age was in 2009 raised from 55 to 60 years as the government struggled to cope with a growing pensions bill.
The National Treasury paid out Sh69.22 billion in pension and gratuity in the six months to December 2021
A 2016 audit showed that 35 per cent of employees in the national government were aged between 51 and 60 years.
According to the Public Service Commission (PSC) annual report for the Financial Year 2021/2022, a total of 3,958 officers exited the service in 47 ministries departments and agencies.
The Public Service Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023 proposes that a person may be appointed in acting capacity for a period of at least 30 days but not exceeding six months.
The proposed legislation states that an individual can only be nominated to occupy a public office in an acting capacity once they have fulfilled all requirements for that specific officer.
“An acting appointment shall be in favour of a public officer who is duly qualified and competent to perform the duty and not undermine the expeditious appointment or deployment of a competent person to the public office concerned,” the Bill states.
If someone is appointed in an acting role without having the necessary credentials, the Public Service Commission will promptly cancel such appointment.