TSC Changes Promotion Rules. Primary school teachers in job category C2 are no longer eligible for promotion to the position of deputy headteacher by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
The Commission claims that this change will also impact teachers who are serving as acting deputy headteachers while still in C2.
According to the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) for teachers, no teacher will be permitted to bypass a work group during any sort of promotion.
To become a deputy headteacher in job group C4, a senior teacher in work group C2 must first pass through job group C3.
Before being confirmed as deputy headteachers in job group C4, teachers who are currently serving in that capacity must first be in that group for at least three years.
More teachers received letters from their county directors this week regarding their applications for promotion to school administrator jobs.
However, even though they submitted letters as acting administrators, individuals who did not match the requirements missed the appointments.
Even though there are several promotion openings at all levels, TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia informed MPs earlier this week that teachers have neglected to show up and apply for them.
The positions remain open, according to Macharia, despite many requests from the commission for competent teachers to apply.
‘‘On several occasions, we have placed advertisements in mainstream media and on social media for teachers to apply but we are not getting the needed number,’’ Dr Macharia said.
She was speaking on Tuesday when she appeared before the National Assembly Education Committee.
TSC Changes Promotion Rules
The TSC boss observed that early this year, the commission advertised 14,738 vacancies for the promotion of teachers to different grades to fill positions arising from exits due to natural attrition.
However, only 11,231 teachers were absorbed with 3,507 posts lacking qualified applicants. Of this, 1,021 vacancies were reserved for teachers on affirmative action.
‘‘The commission re-advertised the 3,507 unfilled vacancies in June 2023. The process of selection is currently ongoing,’’ Macharia said.
Mandera South MP Haro Abdul said TSC may have set high standards to intentionally bar teachers from applying.
‘Does it mean there were no teachers in the North Eastern who qualified to fill the positions advertised,’’ Abdul asked.
Dr Macharia revealed that in the last one year, some 21,071 teachers have been promoted based on common cadre promotions. She accused teachers of not being willing to apply for opportunities in other counties.
‘‘While undertaking teacher promotion, the commission faced the challenge of “promotion based localisation” in that teacher promotion is now based on the number of vacancies in a specific county,’’ she stated.
‘‘Teachers are only competing for vacancies in their own counties as they cannot be “transferred” to other counties,’’ she told MPs.
Malava MP Malulu Injendi pointed fingers at TSC saying many teachers have stagnated in the same job group even after acting for many years.
‘‘Our teachers are demoralised. At what point are teachers in job Group B5 still acting? Does it mean that the promotion of teachers is skewed?’’ Injendi said.
‘‘Give the teachers some hope by advertising more positions for permanent and pensionable positions,’’ Injendi said.
But Dr Macharia pointed fingers at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) saying even with several sittings with them over teachers’ promotions, all have fallen on deaf ears.
She pointed out that TSC planned and deployed 8,367 qualified elementary school teachers to teach in Junior Secondary School (JSS) even during the transition.
TSC Changes Promotion Rules
“We have met with the SRC regarding the teachers in an acting capacity and have sent them numerous reminders, but nothing has happened.” I receive a lot of pressure over teacher compensation from teachers unions and you MPs, but I am powerless in that regard. said Dr. Macharia.
However, according to her, a substantial number of teachers with certifications higher than C2, in particular deputies and primary school heads, decided against applying for deployment to JSS because they are already in more senior job groups.