Why TSC Paid for TSC TPD Training 2022-2023
Members of Parliament deserve a pat on the shoulder having directed the TSC To Prepare For State To Pay For Refresher TPD Modules. According to TSC Boss Dr. Nancy Macharia, Sh 1.16 billion has been set aside to meet the cost of TPD training Earlier, dosturbing details had emerged showing that the Parliamentary Budget Committee had failed to take into account the cost of TPD training in the TSC budgetary allocation 2022-2023. This therefore meant that the overburdened but underpaid TSC teachers would have been obliged to shoulder the cost of TPD training for the next 30 years unless parliament trashed it completely.
Members of the august house earlier asked the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to organise a legal documents that will facilitate the government to pay annual refresher training fees for tutors.
Omboko Milemba, who is also Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) chairman said the money ought to be paid by the State through TSC.
“TSC should now go back to prepare a legal document that led to the TPD programme, explain how the training fees was arrived at and also make a requisition for that money,” said Milemba.
National Assembly Education Committee members put TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia to task for not including the money as a budgetary requirement.
Macharia was also asked to explain how the training fees was arrived at, as MPs argued that even school fees and university fees are highly regulated.
“We want to know why TSC has not factored in this money in its budget statement so that it can be an independent budget line funded by the government,” said Florence Mutua, chairperson of the committee.
MPs asked Macharia to prepare and submit a legal framework that would enable government foot the training bills. She had appeared before MPs to defend TSC budget requirements.
MPs argued that all levies are determined by Parliament and sought to know the formula used by TSC to cap the training fees. Macharia said the TPD is anchored in law under Section 35(2) (a) of the TSC Act.
Each of the 340,000 teachers are required to undertake mandatory professional courses that will inform their promotion and professional growth.
The refresher courses dubbed Teacher Professional Development (TPD) have been organised into chapters that will be taken every year at a cost of Sh6,000.
This means that in an entire teaching career, each teacher will be required to take five modules within 30 years, translating to fees of about Sh180,000.
Taita Taveta teachers to get hardship allowances
TSC vice chairperson Leila Ali said the process is now at an advanced stage
•This is after the TSC held a stakeholders meeting with union leaders and other education stakeholders to agree on a progressive way of solving the challenges.
•The commission promised to look into the challenges of the shortage of teachers in the area and the promotion of deserving tutors.
Teachers working in Taveta and Wundanyi subcounties will soon start receiving hardship allowance among other benefits for teachers working in marginalised areas.
This is after the Teachers Service Commissions held a stakeholders meeting with union leaders and other education stakeholdersto agree on a progressive way of solving the challenges facing teachers.
During the meeting led by TSC vice chairperson Leila Ali at the county commissioner’s office in Mwatate, the employer agreed to fast-track the process of allocating the allowance.
“The process is now at an advanced stage and we are hoping that it shall soon be finalised,” she said during the Tuesday meeting.
The meeting was attended by officials from the Kenya National Union of Teachers, Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers, Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association among other stakeholders.
The commission promised to look into the challenges of the shortage of teachers in the area and the promotion of deserving tutors.
“We, therefore, call upon all stakeholders to collaborate in making learning a success,” Ali said.
More than 1,000 teachers working in the county had in 2019 petitioned the National Assembly demanding the employment body be compelled to pay them hardship allowances.
Through the Kuppet county executive secretary, Shedrack Mutungi, the union said they had been neglected and sidelined despite the area being among the places where teachers are entitled to the allowance.
The teachers have been pushing to have the whole county classified as a hardship area since 2011.
Only teachers in Voi subcounty and some of Mwatate subcounty get hardship allowance at a rate of thirty per cent of their basic salary.
Other parts of the county have not been designated as hardship areas despite their deplorable road networks, harsh climatic conditions, water scarcity and human-wildlife conflicts among other prevalent problems.
“An interagency committee was formed to go round the country. We are now waiting for a gazette. We have requested TSC to ensure the process to be completed soon,” Mutungi told the Star in an interview on Thursday.
Mutungi promised to follow up on the issue until a lasting solution is achieved.
He said the disparity in allowances among teachers had negatively affected education in the region.
The stakeholders pushed for a quarter of residents to be considered when it comes to promotions, for the local teachers to get an opportunity.
“Through the new collective bargaining agreement, the residents will be considered during promotions,” he said.
Taita Taveta Senator Jones Mwaruma said the engagement forum was key in ironing out issues affecting education in the region.
“The county has continuously suffered partiality in terms of hardship allowances, delocalisation considerations, TSC modalities on absorption and promotions of residents among other issues,” Mwaruma said.
He said the time has come for all teachers to be factored in the allowances.