The Teachers Service Commission has faced a blow when a labor court halted the implementation of vocational development training programs that would determine the promotion of teachers.

The court observed that there is no valid TPD program for implementation as there is no regulation by TSC on TPD programmes.



“The teacher’s professional development (TPD) module in dispute will not be implemented because they fall short of the professional development programs prescribed by the Teachers’ Service Commission,” Employment and Labor Relations Judge Byram Ongaya said on Friday.

However, the TSC termed the court’s decision as wrong and would move the court to challenge it.

“We are considering the decision and we are highlighting areas where the judge made a mistake in the law and facts and we will immediately move the matter to court,” TSC attorney Timon Oyucho told the Star yesterday.

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The court observed that the commission is expressly authorized to issue TPD through a regulation. TPD programs are applicable to all registered teachers and not only to members of KNUT or teachers in employment of TSC.



“TPD programs are to be determined by regulation. And disputed TPD programs are not issued through a regulation through parliamentary safeguards,” Ongaya said.

Nutt argued that the TPD program would change the terms and conditions of service for its members and that they should be imposed prior to its roll out.

TPD would have seen over 312,060 teachers pay for vocational upgradation courses, which were to be conducted during the holidays.

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