TSC will halt teacher departures and transfers due to the national exams.
To enable for the organization and administration of the 2023 national exams, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will halt teacher departures and transfers.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) invigilation and supervision procedures are currently being planned.
A total of 1,415,315 applicants will take the KCPE exam, and another 903,260 applicants will take the KCSE exam. Additionally, 1,282,574 students in Grade Six will take the KPSEA.
However, in December of this year, TSC will resume mass transfers of instructors for whom appropriate replacements are available.
Due to a shortage of acceptable postings, Education Cabinet Ezekiel Machogu announced last month that 26,871 teachers have not yet been relocated back to their home counties.
Only 20,055 of the 46,926 primary and secondary school teachers who had asked to be relocated back to their home counties as of June 30 had actually received that request.
The TSC, according to Mr. Machogu, who testified before the Senate, would make sure that the station the teacher is leaving has an appropriate replacement and that the station to which the instructor has filed for transfer has a vacancy.
“This will make it possible for the commission to guarantee the equitable distribution and best use of teachers across the nation for the benefit of all students.
Already, the transfer policy has been changed. In answer to a query about the delocalization strategy from Nandi Senator Samson Cherargey, he declared that it was no longer in effect.
Mr. Machogu stated that the TSC must “ensure equitable distribution and optimal utilization of teachers in all public basic education institutions to ensure that learners throughout the country have access to quality education as required by Article 43 of the Constitution” in order to carry out its mandate to transfer and post teachers.
According to the CS, TSC used delocalization—in which instructors were sent to schools outside of their hometowns—to foster national unification and cohesiveness, avoid management conflicts of interest, and alleviate teacher shortages in specific regions of the nation.
“Teachers must submit a request if they want their transfer to another institution to be taken into consideration. The necessity for equal distribution and best use of instructors will serve as the guide for teacher transfers between institutions, the CS added.
Other requirements include the presence of openings at the proposed station, the necessity for replacement, current staffing standards, medical considerations, or other factors that the TSC may take into account.
The CS stated that after a teacher requests a transfer to the county of their choice, it is the duty of TSC to confirm that there are sufficient openings, replacements, and a personnel balance across the nation before the transfer is authorized.
“This is to discourage mass evacuation of teachers from one station to another, which can have the effect of disrupting learning in an institution to the detriment of learners,” he said.
According to Mr. Machogu, the commission was carefully and methodically reviewing transfer requests. He continued by saying that finding suitable replacements is a difficult problem, particularly for principals.
TSC received 35,959 applications from instructors seeking transfers at the primary level, but only 17,942 have been transferred, leaving 18,017 still on the waiting list due to a shortage of qualified replacements.
Only 2,113 of the 10, 967 teachers who asked for transfer in post-primary were actually accepted.
Despite their protests, the Commission decided against transferring foreign instructors employed in North Eastern.
The TSC expressed sadness in letters to the teachers, explaining that it is unable to transfer them owing to a shortage of qualified substitutes.
The teachers who received the TSC letter of apology indicated that they were given instructions by their employer to report to their workstations by September 9 or risk being disciplined.
Affected teachers from Wajir, Garissa, and Mandera Counties have been camped up at the TSC headquarters in Upper Hill for the past two weeks in search of transfers.
“TSC has acknowledged your request to be transferred out of the North Eastern region. The TSC expressed disappointment in a letter to one of the professors, “Your request is consequently refused due to the unavailability of a suitable replacement.
In order to avoid disciplinary action against you, you are consequently instructed to report to your workstation by September 7, 2023.
One of the impacted teachers estimated that 100 teachers had already received the letters of apology from TSC.