For years now, the delocalization of teachers has always left a great rifts between teachers and their employer, TSC especially the ones involving teachers going outside their home counties. With Teachers Service Commission’s latest move, this now seems to be a thing of the past. In the new teachers transfer guidelines, teachers being transferred to new work stations will be subjected to a new set of rules. This follows review of the transfer guidelines by the Commission.
According to TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia, the commission has adopted a new method of evaluating the transfer cases before they are executed.
Henceforth, the commission will be vetting each teacher’s case to ascertain their employment status before effecting transfers. These new guidelines are intended to ensure that all relevant factors are considered before any transfer is done. Macharia is optimistic that the new guidelines would end bad blood between the Commission and its employees that has been experienced in the past.
Previously, teachers who were being transferred had to report to their new stations before making appeals. But now the TSC has given such teachers a grace period to appeal before reporting if in any case the teacher is not contented with the move.
Also teachers with medical complications and old age will now be exempted from transfers. This includes teachers above the age of 56 years.
Previously, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) have opposed the transfer of teachers outside their home counties.
According to Kuppet Secretary General Akelo Misori, the issue of house allowance which is not universal should be addressed where transfers have been effected. TSC Transfer of Service.