The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) lists new conditions that are likely going to affect teachers in the looming mass transfer of teachers in 2022.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, signed by the commission and the unions have now reversed some of the transfers that separate families.
Under CBA, re-uniting and keeping families together is one of the objectives while making transfers. TSC has now made it a priority to consider the transfer of couples who are teachers, where there is a vacancy, provided they check the boxes for all the requirements.
According to Collins Oyuu, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) secretary said that this is one of the major pluses in the conflicted non-monetary CBA.
He added that in most transfers, families have mostly suffered. In addition, he mentioned that families who had been separated earlier will now be re-united once the deal is implemented.
Kenya Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) general secretary Akello Misori, said that bringing these teachers back together, with some of them facing retirement, is a good move. Some also have major health issues and bringing them to their families is a trophy more
According to TSC, delocalization is part of the government’s move to enhance national cohesion and boost professionalism and commitment in the teaching profession
TSC has promised to start the mass transfer of teachers soon before the end of this year. The exercise has experienced delays due to covid-19.
List Of conditions under which teachers will be affected
- If a teacher has worked in a station for more than five years
- When a teacher had pressed the request to be transferred under some medical conditions certified by a medic
- The need for equitable distribution and optimal utilization of teachers
- Availability of teaching vacancies in the proposed station
- The need for replacement
- The existing staffing norms which may be revied from time to time
- Other grounds that the TSC may consider necessary to warrant the transfer