Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is the only commission in Kenya that is mandated with the responsibility of recruiting, promoting and remuneration of teachers.
The commission which is currently under the leadership of Dr. Nancy Macharia has been working round the clock to ensure that teachers are working under good conditions in their respective working stations.
In what has been received as bad news to the commission, TSC may lose its regulatory powers under new proposals by the National Assembly Education Committee.
The National Assembly has hinted at possible review of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) mandate in order to limit its regulatory powers.
If the proposal is successful, it will be a big win for former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion who had earlier on strongly opposed to the commission’s dual role as an employer and a regulator.
On the other hand, teachers have received this as good news since the commission will now be focusing on a single role.
However, not everybody supports the move, with many a critic arguing that stripping TSC of its powers will be in contradiction to Article 237 of the Kenyan constitution.
If these changes go through, the teaching profession will be similar to the medical profession where the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union is a regulator while on the other hand, the counties do the employer role.
The National Assembly Committee on Education’s Chairperson, Florence Mutua who also serves as the Women Representative for Busia revealed that the deliberation on stripping TSC of its powers will take place in a two-week retreat.