The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) on Tuesday, March 8, dismissed reports that it was planning mass transfer of teachers countrywide.
Reports doing rounds indicated that the commission was collecting field data on staffing for schools for the purpose of transfer targeting 30,000 teachers.
In a statement released by the commission, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia stated that the data collection was merely a routine meant for planning purposes, and not to initiate transfers of teachers.
Further, Macharia clarified that the commission would not consider such action owing to the challenges arising from Covid-19.
“The Commission, therefore, wishes to assure teachers that it does not plan to effect any mass transfers as alleged in a newspaper story,” Macharia stated, noting that the reports had caused panic among teachers.
“Teachers must be left to continue conducting their normal teaching duties and conduct national examinations without any interference. Meanwhile, we urge the media to always report accurately” Macharia stated.
The TSC boss affirmed that only vacancies arising from deaths would be filled.
The news comes after the commission recalled all teachers on annual leave in order to ensure that the national exams will proceed smoothly.
TSC boss confirmed that over 227,000 teachers would be in charge of the examinations.
“The commission has already issued guidelines that emphasize the need for all teachers who will be involved in the examination exercise to comply with all COVID-19 mitigation measures provided by the Ministry of Health,” Macharia stated.