TSC PROMOTIONS NOW A THORN IN THE FLESH FOLLOWING INACCURATE AND MISLEADING DATA LEADING TO ERRONEOUS PROMOTIONS OF CLASSROOM TEACHERS; LATEST TSC CIRCULAR ON TEACHERS’ PROMOTIONS
“SOME CLASSROOM TEACHERS WERE ERRONEOUSLY PROMOTED TO GRADES EXCLUSIVELY MEANT FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS,” DR. NANCY MACHARIA
The Teachers Service Commission, TSC has released a circular on TSC promotions 2020/2021 showing the extent to which the erroneous capturing of data by some field officers has paralyzed the commission’s operations especially when it comes to finalizing the promotions for teachers.
According to the circular, several school administrators who should have been moved to the next grades are yet to enjoy the privileges that come with the promotions.
Ironically, it is regular classroom teachers who have been enjoying higher salaries following an error during the process of collecting data by TSC County and Sub-County Directors.
TSC FIELD OFFICERS’ ERROR, A BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR TSC CLASSROOM TEACHERS
In June 2017, the teachers’ employer, the TSC collected data for all educational administrators in June 2017. This data was meant to be used to validate and move the administrators to their rightful, higher grades once the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA was implemented.
Details now emanating from the TSC however indicates that the Commission’s county and sub-county education directors submitted inaccurate data leading to disparities in promotions for school administrators.
This data seems to affect school heads, deputies, senior masters, and senior teachers.
“It has been established that some of you (TSC field officers) provided misleading data leading to erroneous conversions (promotions into new grades) after implementing THE SRC SALARY GUIDELINES IN 2017,” wrote Dr. Macharia, the TSC CEO.
“Classroom teachers were converted to grades exclusively reserved for institutional administrators. In other cases, deputies and senior teachers were wrongly captured as heads. In some schools, staffing levels in terms of the required administrators exceeded the required number, contrary to the TSC staffing norms,” added Nancy Macharia.
TSC TO COLLECT DATA AFRESH BY JUNE 30, 2020 AND CLEAN ITS PAYROLL
To address this problem, the Commission has now decided to collect data afresh to clean its payroll.
The TSC Boss further added that having inaccurate data in the TSC database has greatly affected the operations of the commission since it cannot manage its payroll effectively.
The unreliable data’s implications delve deeper into the process of selection, appointment, and deployment of new school administrators.
The commission now wants its field officers to collect data afresh and submit it to the TSC headquarters by June 30, 2020.
“You are hereby directed to critically analyze data and reconfirm all institutional administrators,” wrote Dr. Macharia.
Data for schools with extra administrators (teachers in grade C4 in secondary schools and C2 in primary schools) should also be submitted before the afore-mentioned deadline so that they can be appointed to serve in their respective positions by the Commission.
PROMOTIONS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN GRADE C3 (FORMER JOB GROUP L)
TSC Promotions for secondary school teachers in Grade C3 (Former L) still remains a thorn in the flesh made worse by the fact that the Commission does not advertise promotion vacancies for this grade due to financial constraints.
With the commission giving a blind eye to these regular classroom teachers, most affected tutors have since stagnated in this job group for over 15 years.
The Commission is set to implement the last phase, phase 4 of the 2017-2021 CBA in July 2020 which shall see some categories of teachers especially diploma holders promoted.