A change is as good as a rest, and usually changes are inevitable. Most teachers find it hard to cope up with the transfer once they have been transferred to other stations. That’s the reason as to why most of them will try to revoke those transfers.
The Teacher Service Commission (TSC) has now reviewed it’s transfer guidelines whereby for many years the transfer service has been the bane of bad blood between teachers and their employer.
There are some situations or conditions which should be given priority when teachers are seeking transfer to another station. They include :
- When the teacher is declared excess by the school and his area of specialization is needed in another school.
- When the teacher has served for more than five years outside his/her home.
- When the teacher is a bonafide resident of the area where the school is situated.
- When the teacher is joining the spouse in the same school.
- The teacher’s life is in danger due to armed conflict, hostilities or other similar circumstances in the area where school is located.
- The health condition of the teacher is poor, as evident by the pertinent medical records to the effect.
The commission has now adopted a new method of evaluating all these conditions and transfer cases before they are executed. This is according to the TSC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) whose term in the office was renewed for the second and last one.
Therefore, the commission will be vetting each teacher’s case to ascertain their employment status before effecting transfers.These new guidelines are intended to ensure that all relevant factors are considered before any transfer is done.Previously, teachers who were being transferred had to report to their new stations before making appeals.
“In December, 2018, the commission transferred 3,094 teachers but only 360 appealed against the transfers. The appeals were considered and appropriate determinations made expeditiously based on the terms and conditions of service,” Mrs. Macharia told the National Assembly’s Education Committee last year.
Teachers with medical complications and old age will now be exempted from transfers. This includes teachers above the age of 56 years. Some times back last year ,the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) have opposed the transfer of teachers outside their home counties.