TSC blames teachers’ pension delay on ancient colonial laws

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According to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the National Treasury continues to process retired teachers’ pension and benefits slowly because of colonial legislation, bureaucracy, and the usage of manual systems.

TSC Human Resource and Management Officer Julius Olayo and Legal Affairs Director Cavin Anyuor testified on Tuesday before the Senate Education Committee, which is chaired by Murang’a Senator Joe Nyutu, that processing the payments takes time and is laborious because of the manual processing system and legal requirements under the Pensions Act.

According to Olayo, the bureaucratic procedure involves numerous checklists and necessitates the verification of numerous papers, lengthening the processing time to as much as two years.

According to Anyuor, this law was passed in 1952, more than 50 years ago.

The teachers’ employer claimed that its role is solely facilitative and that it is not responsible for the delayed pension payments.

This entails getting the pension claims ready and sending them to the Director of Pensions at the National Treasury to be processed and paid.

According to TSC operating regulations, teachers should get their pensions three months after retirement; however, the outdated legal constraints prevent the commission from making timely payments.

Anyuor pointed out that teachers must complete statutory forms in accordance with the law and attach supporting documentation, such as their Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Cards.

He said that the commission had established an office at its headquarters with staff members from the Pensions Department in order to address the backlog.

Teachers are urged by TSC to provide the necessary paperwork to its county and sub-county officers, who will check it and send it on to the organization’s main office.

According to Olayo, the Legal Affairs Director, the commission has also begun automating some steps in the pension processing in an effort to cut processing times even more.

The first-in, first-out rule will be used to process claims, and personnel who work on the processing of pension claims have been given daily goals.

The Senate Education Committee said that the procedure should start nine months before retirement and questioned why TSC should wait until a teacher departs to begin processing the benefits.

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