Teachers Service Commission is set to carry out the suspended mass transfer of teachers after Successful Covid19 vaccination of teachers. The exercise was planned to take place in July but was stopped due to the rising number of Covid 19 infection and deaths in some areas. This made it impossible to carry out the exercise. TSC had however promised to carry out the exercise when it was safe to do so.
Last month the commission compelled all teachers to take Covid19 vaccination as directed by the government. It now seems that the TSC in using the jab to carry out the delocalization. Those opposed to the exercise have been recently using the pandemic to refuse the transfers.
It was believed that up to 4, 000 teachers were to be delocalized last term. Most of those targeted were school heads and their deputies serving in their own home counties as well as those who had served in the same station for at most 9 years. The delocalization policy has been a Controversial issue and has caused protests among teachers.
2021 will mark the second group of classroom teachers to be transferred to other counties away from their current working counties after the exercise was rolled out back in 2019. The commission adamant to discontinue the mass transfer of teachers despite the public outcry due to Covid 19 implications.
Nancy Macharia on her part says it is intended that the transfer will provide the classroom teachers with a new working environment and also tap into their vast experience. She also added that this will help minimize ethnicity which is a “cancer” in the nation since it is the teachers who shape the future of the country.
The Commission kicked off the delocalization exercise in January, 2018. Other massive deployments would then follow in April, August and December of the same year. Though in April, 2019 the Commission slowed down the transfers as only a few administrators were moved.
The exercise has seen the execution of transfers for thousands of long serving principals and school heads; with some supporting and others opposed to the delocalization policy. A number of school administrators moved, so far, were those serving in their homes.