TSC BOSS: TEACHERS WILL NOT BE FORCEFULLY TRANSFERRED TO OTHER COUNTIES; NANCY MACHARIA’S LATEST CLARIFICATION ON TSC DELOCALIZATION
The Teachers Service Commission has made it clear that the highly-contested delocalization policy will continue for it aims at promoting national cohesion.
While appearing before the Senate education committee, TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia said that the policy is not meant to punish teachers.
This statement has cleared all speculations surrounding the fate of the TSC Delocalization Policy following the decentralization of all TSC promotions.
After the commission announced that all teacher promotions will henceforth be conducted at the county and regional levels, there were numerous speculations with some media houses claiming that the decentralization marks the demise of the contentious delocalization policy.
TSC BOSS: COMMISSION HAS STREAMLINED DELOCALIZATION
On Thursday, the TSC Boss acknowledged that the implementation of mass transfers of teachers from their home counties had glaring flaws at the start but the commission has since addressed them.
Teachers should therefore look forward to seamless transitions from one institution to another.
“Delocalization is simply a transfer; we want to ensure that teachers do not teach in their locality for their entire career but are exposed to other cultures,” said Dr. Macharia.
TEACHERS WILL NOT BE TRANSFERRED TO FAR-FLUNG AREAS
The commission however promised to ensure that the transfers are conducted in a humane way to avoid inconveniencing the affected teachers.
“The commission has since stopped transferring teachers to far-flung regions,” she added. Primary school tutors, P1 teachers will be transferred to nearby sub-counties within the same county or in counties near their counties.
Secondary school teachers who will be transferred to other counties are those who have been promoted to senior positions which they applied for.
The commission will continue to promote teachers based on career progression guidelines, CPGs only.
Furthermore, the promotions will be based on the availability of funds.
“The promotion of teachers is based on the availability of funds, seniority, and experience as spelled out in the career progression guidelines,” added Ms. Macharia.
LATEST TSC GUIDELINES ON PROMOTION OF TEACHERS
The Teachers’ Service Commission, TSC has changed tuck in as far as the appointment and deployment of teachers in primary and secondary schools are concerned. Therefore, matters TSC appointments and promotions will never be the same again.
In its latest guidelines, the Commission has decentralized the role of appointing all primary and secondary school administrators (principals, deputies, heads, senior teachers, and masters) save for extra County and national schools.
Form now henceforth; the appointment of school administrators will be conducted at the TSC County and Regional offices as opposed to the Headquarters in Nairobi.
“The Commission hereby directs that the appointment and deployment of all primary and secondary school institutional administrators for county and sub-county secondary schools be coordinated by the regional director,” reads part of the circular.
THE PROCESS OF APPOINTING AND DEPLOYING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS; LATEST TSC GUIDELINES/ DIRECTIVES
The latest TSC circular provides an elaborate policy on the appointment and deployment of institutional administrators.
Step 1: Identification of available vacancies
The power to identify available TSC vacancies for school administrators in primary and secondary schools now lies solely on the TSC County directors of education.
Step 2: Advertisement of existing TSC vacancies
The TSC shall then compile the lists and advertise available vacancies for school administrators within the County.
Step 3: Submission of Online Applications by interested and qualified applicants
Interested and qualified teachers shall then apply online via the TSC portal
Step 4: Shortlisting of candidates
The TSC shall then shortlist the candidates and avail the lists to the respective counties ahead of interview dates.
Step 5: TSC Interviews for school administrators
The regional director will then interview the shortlisted candidates with the help of respective county directors.
Step 6: Appointment and deployment of successful candidates
The regional director will then appoint and deploy successful candidates.
TSC SELECTION PANEL
The TSC selection panel will consist of the chair-regional director, secretary (host County director), County Human Resource Officer, and all sub-county directors from the county.
NOTE: The regional director of education shall be held accountable for the process.
TSC, therefore, expects the exercise to be conducted in a fair, transparent, and accountable manner under the individual supervision and coordination of the regional directors.
“Given the sensitive nature of this assignment, it calls for your supervision and coordination. You are expected to ensure that the exercise is conducted in a transparent and accountable manner,” wrote Dr. Macharia.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TSC DEPLOYMENT/ APPOINTMENTS
The Commission has also provided minimum requirements and work experience required for deployment to various promotional grades.
NEW TSC STAFFING RULES FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
A single-stream school will have one head, deputy, and senior teacher while one with 10 streams and a maximum of 4, 000 pupils will have one headteacher, 2 deputies, and 8 senior teachers.
A single-stream school will have one head, deputy, and senior teacher while one with 12 streams and a maximum of 2, 100 students will have one principal, 2 deputies, and 9 senior masters.
The new TSC deployment/ appointment guidelines were announced on February 13, 2020.