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TSC Blames Teachers For Missing Promotions And Transfers

TSC Blames Teachers For Missing Promotions And Transfers

The teacher’s employer has disassociated itself from the problems with hiring, elevating, and transferring that confound its human resources processes.

Instead, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) attributed the stagnation and delays in their transfers to the teachers.

TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia told MPs on Tuesday that teachers have neglected to show up and apply for the numerous available positions at all levels.

Despite numerous calls from the commission for qualified teachers to apply, the seats are still available, according to Macharia.

Dr. Macharia stated, “We have repeatedly advertised for teachers to apply on social media and in mainstream media, but we are not receiving the required number.

She was delivering a speech when she appeared before the National Assembly Education Committee on Tuesday.

The TSC head said that the commission had 14,738 job opportunities at the start of this year in order to fill positions that had become vacant due to natural attrition.

Only 11,231 teachers were hired, though, while 3,507 posts remained vacant due to a lack of suitable applicants. 1,021 of these jobs were reserved for teachers as part of the affirmative action program.

In June 2023, the commission re-advertised the 3,507 available positions. The selection procedure is still under progress, said Macharia.

Haro Abdul, a member of parliament for Mandera South, believes that TSC may have set high standards on purpose to discourage teachers from applying.

Does this mean that no teachers in the North Eastern region could fill the open posts because they didn’t meet the qualifications? Abdul inquired.

Dr. Macharia reports that 21,071 instructors were promoted to the common cadre in the preceding year. She claimed that educators were averse to looking for work abroad.

She noted that since teacher progress now relied on the number of opportunities in a certain county, “promotion based localisation” was a problem the commission had to deal with.

She informed MPs that since teachers cannot be “transferred” to other counties, they are only applying for positions in their own.

Malava MP Malulu Injendi placed the blame on TSC, noting that many teachers had continued to work in the same job category despite behaving for many years.

“Our teachers have lost hope.” When do job group B5 instructors still carry out their duties? Does this mean that professors don’t receive fair promotion? “Injendi” said.

To give the instructors some hope, Injendi urged posting more vacancies for permanent and pensionable positions.

TSC Blames Teachers For Missing Promotions And Transfers

However, Dr. Macharia directed the criticism at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), alleging that despite multiple meetings about teacher advancements, none of them had resulted in a response.

She emphasized that even throughout the transition, TSC organized and deployed 8,367 certified elementary school teachers to instruct in Junior Secondary School (JSS).

“Despite our meeting with the SRC and repeated reminders, nothing has been done regarding the teachers serving in an acting capacity. Teachers unions and you MPs put a lot of pressure on me over teacher compensation, but I have no control over it. Dr. Macharia said.

She claims that many teachers with certifications above C2, in particular deputies and primary school heads, decided not to apply for deployment to JSS because they currently work in more senior job groups.

The commission also disclaimed responsibility for moving tutors throughout the country, saying that it was able to do so because there were few competent substitutes and job opportunities, notably for school heads, in many of the counties.

The need for equitable distribution and the best use of the teacher’s resources, the existence of a vacancy at the proposed station, the requirement for a replacement, the staffing standards in effect at the time, and medical justifications are all factors that Dr. Macharia claims to consider when deciding whether to transfer a teacher.

 

Eve Obara, a Kabondo Kaspul MP, claims that effective teacher utilization and equitable distribution are in jeopardy, and that non-local heads of schools have encountered antagonism that resulted in their transfers.

Some teachers are made to leave the classroom when they refuse to take part in delocalization. We have to guarantee the safety of the instructors for those who are unable to accept delocalization, Obara said.

Teachers from other regions had to be recruited due to a lack of local instructors in arid and semi-arid (Asal) and difficult-to-staff locations, which frequently resulted in requests for transfers back to their home counties.

Committee Chairman Julius Melly claims that despite their repeated requests, the corporation does not give teachers the opportunity to apply for the positions.

In some cases, teachers who went to your website to request a transfer did not come back. Others are being bullied out of their schools by the community while some refuse to go back. What measures are you taking to deal with these problems? Melly said.

Dr. Macharia states that the commission, after receiving transfer requests from 46,962 instructors, sent 20,055 teachers back to their home counties at the end of the previous month.

Upon application, 17,942 primary school teachers moved, as opposed to 10,967 post-primary teachers, of whom just 2,113 were affected.

This is due to a lack of sufficient or sufficient acceptable replacements, respectively.

TSC Blames Teachers For Missing Promotions And Transfers

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