TSC Promotion Of Teachers In Acting Capacity. Teachers employed by the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) can now breathe a sigh of relief as a measure attempting to compel the Commission to confirm them within six months of deliberations is currently before Parliament.
The bill supported by Embakasi Central MP Benjamin Gathiru aims to change the law by establishing a six-month maximum tenure for all public officeholders.
Before being officially confirmed in their new position, instructors have served as school administrators (senior teachers, head masters, deputy castle teachers, deputy headmasters, headmasters, and headmasters).
The TSC has been charged of failing to certify teachers who have held open administrative positions for a protracted period of time, according to the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet).
The present career progression guidelines (CPGs), according to Mr. Omboko Milemba, national chairman of Kuppet, make it difficult for classroom teachers to advance unless they hold administration posts.
Milemba claimed that the Commission was abusing its authority by issuing bills for services that were provided but not paid for.
“This is a pending account that is not accounted for. This is labor exploitation by the TSC and the government. I asked the question in Parliament but I am doing research with my office staff to back up the numbers. It is impossible to be promoted unless you are in the administration,” said Mr Milemba, who is also the Member of Parliament for Emuhaya Constituency. According to him, the most affected are teachers in classes C3 and C4.
On Thursday, August 3, the National Assembly’s working committee, while considering the Public Service Commission (Amendment) Bill 2023, also said it would introduce an amendment to the proposed legislation to cap the retirement age at 55.
Kangundo MP’s View
Kangundo MP Fabian Muli said if the committee is to serve the interest of the youth, it should propose further amendments to the Lower Retirement Age Bill.
“We need to think further and lower the age to 55 to make the youth of this country proud,” Muli said.
He stated that if the committee did not consider the amendment to lower the age, he would propose the change as an individual.
Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga said the committee must amend the necessary statutory provisions on retirement age.
“We need to find out how the 60-year retirement age was reached so that we can adjust these provisions,” Chonga said.
Sentiments from Lunga Lunga MP
Lunga Lunga Member of Parliament Mangale Munga, while supporting the lowering of the retirement age, said at the same time that care must be taken to grow young people.
“Why 60 years? It should be 55 years old to make room for the youth. That is a suggestion, it may be popular or unpopular but that is what I think,” said Munga.
Mr Gathiru said: “I have given the committee the freedom to amend the bill but we should not lose sight of the meaning and intent of it,” Mr Gathiru said.
If the proposals go ahead, it will mean the majority of civil servants expected to retire in the next five years will go home earlier, with far-reaching consequences, including straining an already struggling government through higher pensions. charge.
The mandatory retirement age was raised from 55 to 60 in 2009 as the government struggled to cope with rising pensions.
Treasury paid out Sh69.22 billion for pension and gratuity in the six months to December 2021
A 2016 audit found that 35 percent of employees in the national government were between the ages of 51 and 60.
TSC Promotion Of Teachers In Acting Capacity
According to the annual report of the Public Service Commission (PSC) for the financial year 2021/2022, a total of 3,958 civil servants in 47 ministries and agencies have left the service.
The Public Service Commission (Amendment) Bill 2023 proposes that a person may be appointed to a position acting for a period of not less than 30 days but not exceeding six months.
The proposed legislation states that an individual will only be nominated to a public office as an executive once he or she satisfies all requirements for that official.
“The appointment shall be for the benefit of a civil servant who is duly qualified and fit to serve and shall not prejudice the expeditious appointment or posting of an eligible person to the public office concerned,” the bill states.
The Public Service Commission will immediately cancel any executive appointment made by someone who lacks the necessary credentials.