TSC Stripped Of It’s Powers To Transfer Teachers. Before transferring teachers, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) must receive approval from the Ministry of Education.
Even while the Commission still has the authority to reassign instructors, it must first obtain Ministry approval.
This is one of many changes that the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER) has put out and that will start to apply to the Commission in January 2024.
The team working on education reform wants to stop the Commission’s practice of transferring teachers against their choice or as a form of punishment.
But some of the changes recommended by the school task committee won’t go into effect without a parliamentary act or perhaps a referendum.
Last week on Tuesday, the TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia was confronted by National Assembly Education Committee on transfer of delocalized teachers.
Dr Macharia revealed that by June, some 46,962 delocalized teachers had sent applications for transfer and the commission effected 20,055 transfers of teachers back to their home counties.
Primary school teachers had applied and 17,942 transferred while 10,967 from post-primary of which only 2,113 had been affected.
This the TSC boss said was due to lack of suitable replacements.
The commission also exonerated itself from blame on tutors’ delocalisation in different parts of the country, saying the lack of suitable replacements, and vacancies in some counties, especially for school heads enabled the Commission to effect all transfers requested.
Dr Macharia said teachers’ transfer is guided by the need for equitable distribution and optimal utilisation of teachers; availability of vacancy in the proposed station; need for replacement; existing staffing norms and medical grounds.
Kabondo Kaspul MP Eve Obara said non-local heads of schools have faced hostilities to trigger their transfers and also equitable distribution and optimal utilisation of teachers are compromised.
‘’Some teachers are forced out of class when they are not willing to go on delocalisation. We have to give teachers assurance of their safety for those who are not willing to take delocalisation,’’ Obara said.
Due to a shortage of local instructors in arid and semi-arid (Asal) and difficult-to-staff areas, teachers from other regions had to be recruited, which led to frequent requests for transfers back to their home counties.
TSC Stripped Of It’s Powers To Transfer Teachers
The company does not provide teachers the opportunity to apply for the posts, according to Committee Chairman Julius Melly, despite their repeated attempts.
We have instances when teachers have visited your website to request a transfer but have not returned. While some are unwilling to return, others are being bullied out of their schools by the community. What steps are you taking to address these issues? Melly stated.