The Teachers’ Commission (TSC) has moved to address the pending crisis over teacher promotions in some parts of the country. This follows a request from 16 teachers in the Kajiado district who had complained about being locked out due to the commission’s recommendation.
This forced TSC chief executive officer Dr. Nancy Macharia to hold a group of leaders from Kajiado County on Friday, April 30, 2021. Leaders (including the Honorable Ole Metito Katoo, George Sunkuyia, Judith Pareno and Mary Seneta) were following in the footsteps to bring about a peaceful solution.
In the complaint, teachers claimed to have been removed from leadership by a system introduced by the TSC in which only teachers working for Job Groups L, M and N were promoted to head teachers, sub county directors and district directors.
“Through the CPGs (Career Progression Guidelines) the Commission has been promoting teachers in these designated positions, and therefore, discriminates against appropriate cases. All Maasai teachers in Kajiado are being barred from promotion due to policy, ”said the petitioners.
According to the complaint, the policy has poor teachers in the Kajiado region who have the necessary knowledge and skills to be promoted.
Teachers say no resident district teacher has found Job L, M and N teams.
Applicants want the Senate to intervene to ensure that the TSC is appointed to the position of resident teacher and that the policy is reviewed to prioritize the promotion of leadership positions for resident teachers after which other teachers working in the district may be considered.
Sources at Friday’s meeting approached the team to discuss teacher management issues affecting Kajiado County.
A few days ago, Drs. Macharia appeared before the Education Senate Committee to respond to a request from teachers in Kajiado County.
Senator-elect Judith Pareno accused the TSC of being biased and called for an investigation, saying non-Masaai teachers from other communities had taken over school leadership “across Masaailand”.
“All the head teachers and their deputies are not Masaai, most of them from the same community. We want to show the committee that there is discrimination, ”Pareno complained.
In his defense, the TSC chief told the Senators that the commission is governed by the rules of conduct for teachers to hold positions.
“To date, all promotions above standard marks in academic and administrative positions have been completed competitively in accordance with the principles of the Teachers’ Management Code and the Constitution of Kenya,” he said. Macharia.
“Once a vacancy is created, the commission advertises the same with print and electronic media so that interested teachers across the country can apply for these positions.” He added.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is finalizing the results of interviews for teachers attending the promotional interview on February 2021. The interviews were held between February 8 and 19, 2021 at designated offices in TSC County across the country.
A total of 32,431 teachers were listed and interviewed. Also ongoing is the promotion and transfer of primary school teachers (graduates) to secondary schools.