The most anticipated, but yet most disputed vocational training by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has faced yet another hurdle after the Employment and Labor Relations court barred its implementation.

The teacher’s professional development (TPD) module, demands that all teachers undergo more training during holidays, in the lifetime of their service, so as to determine their promotions across the various salary grades. Unveiled in April last year, the TPD required teachers to undergo training after every five years or face dismissal from the commission.

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Speaking in relation towards the TPD module, Judge Byram Ongaya said that it falls short of the professional development programs prescribed by the Teachers’ Service Commission.

“The teacher’s professional development (TPD) module in dispute will not be implemented because they fall short of the professional development programs prescribed by the Teachers’ Service Commission,” said Ongaya.

The case took a different direction when the current TSC attorney Timon Oyucho vowed to challenge the court’s decision saying that it misunderstood basic laws and facts that need revisiting.

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“We are considering the decision and we are highlighting areas where the judge made a mistake in the law and facts and we will immediately move the matter to court,” reacted Oyucho.

Oyucho insisted that TPD is mandatory to all teachers registered by the commission for the betterment of service delivery. However, Ongaya observed that TPD programs are to be determined by regulations and if disputed, an agreement ought to be made .

“TPD programs are to be determined by regulation. And disputed TPD programs are not issued through a regulation through parliamentary safeguards,” advised Ongaya.

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Concluding the matter, the God sent Ongaya insisted that the current scheme of service ought to be considered in line with the TPD, as well as the Code of Regulation for Teachers (CORT). What’s your take? Who is right between Ongaya and Oyucho?

Remember to share this article and leave your comments below. TPD modules remain disputable until an agreement is made.

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