TSC Addresses Delocalization, Blames Teachers for Stagnation and Transfers Delay

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TSC Addresses Delocalization, Blames Teachers for Stagnation and Transfers Delay
TSC Addresses Delocalization, Blames Teachers for Stagnation and Transfers Delay

TSC Addresses Delocalization, Blames Teachers for Stagnation and Transfers Delay

The teacher’s employer has distanced itself from the promotions, transfers, and recruitment issues that plague its human resources operations. Instead, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) blamed its employees (teachers) for stagnation and delayed transfers.

The TSC’s chief executive officer, Nancy Macharia, told members of parliament on Tuesday that despite the many vacant positions at various levels, teachers have not applied for them.

Macharia stated that despite the commission’s repeated requests for qualified instructors to apply, the positions remain vacant.

‘‘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 spoke on Tuesday when she appeared before the Education Committee of the National Assembly.

The head of the TSC noted that the commission advertised 14,738 vacancies for the promotion of teachers to different grades in order to fill vacancies created by natural attrition.

However, only 11,231 instructors were hired, and 3,507 positions lacked qualified candidates.

There were 1,021 vacancies reserved for instructors eligible for affirmative action.

In June of 2023, the commission re-advertised the 3,507 unfilled positions. The selection process is presently ongoing.

Haro Abdul, the MP for Mandera South, suggested that the TSC may have imposed stringent requirements to prevent teachers from applying.

Abdul asked, ‘‘Does it mean there were no teachers in the North Eastern who qualified to fill the positions advertised?”

In the past year, Dr. Macharia revealed that 21,071 instructors were promoted based on common cadre promotions.

She alleged that teachers were unwilling to file for positions in other counties.

While conducting teacher promotions, the commission faced the challenge of ‘promotion-based localisation, in which teacher promotions are now dependent on the number of vacancies in a particular county.

Macharia told MPs that teachers can only compete for vacancies in their own counties because they cannot be “transferred” to other counties.

Malava representative Malulu Injendi pointed the finger at TSC, stating that many teachers have remained in the same job group for many years despite having served as substitutes.

‘‘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.

Dr. Macharia, however, pointed the finger at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), stating that despite multiple meetings regarding teacher promotions, the SRC has remained oblivious.

Even during the Junior Secondary School (JSS) transition, 8,367 qualified primary school teachers were mapped and deployed by TSC to teach in JSS.

‘‘We have sat with the SRC over teachers in an acting capacity and have written several reminders to them but nothing has been forthcoming. I get a lot of pressure from teachers unions and you MPs on teachers’ remunerations but my hands are tied there,’’ Dr Macharia said.

She noted, however, that a significant number of teachers above grade C2, particularly assistant principals and primary school principals, did not file for deployment to JSS because they are already in higher job groups.

The commission also absolved itself of responsibility for the delocalization of instructors in various regions of the country, stating that the lack of suitable replacements and vacancies in certain counties, particularly for school principals, enabled the Commission to carry out all requested transfers.

The transfer of teachers, according to Dr. Macharia, is determined by the need for equitable distribution and optimal utilization of teachers, the availability of vacancies in the proposed station, the need for replacement, existing personnel norms, and medical grounds.

Eve Obara, a MP for Kabondo Kaspul, stated that non-local school principals have been subjected to hostility in order to precipitate their transfers, and that equitable distribution and optimal use of teachers are also compromised.

Some teachers are forced out of the classroom if they are unwilling to relocate. We have to give teachers assurance of their safety for those who are not willing to take delocalisation,’’ Obara said.

The shortage of local teachers in arid and semi-arid (Asal) and difficult-to-staff regions necessitated the recruitment of teachers from other regions, resulting in frequent requests for transfers back to their home countries.

The Committee Chairman, Julius Melly, stated that despite numerous attempts by teachers to register for the positions, the employer denies them the opportunity.

‘‘We have cases where teachers have logged onto your website to apply for the transfer but have not been coming back.

“Some are not willing to come back but are being harassed by locals to leave their schools. What are you doing to solve these challenges,’’ Melly said.

Dr. Macharia reported that by the end of last month, 46,962 teachers had submitted transfer requests, and the commission had completed 20,055 transfers of teachers back to their home counties.

17 942 primary school teachers were transferred, while only 2,113 of 10,967 secondary school instructors were affected.

This is owing to the absence of both suitable replacements and suitable replacements.

TSC Addresses Delocalization, Blames Teachers for Stagnation and Transfers Delay

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