The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) termed as fake a letter making rounds on the internet claiming that it was transferring headteachers en masse.
In a statement dated Thursday, June 2, the teacher’s employer denied carrying out any transfers, terming the list as fake.
The list indicated that the teachers’ employer had transferred headteachers during the half-term break last week.
Teachers and parents celebrating good performance at a school
The statement by the Commission came after teachers raised concerns over the list even as some tutors indicated that they had not received official letters from their employer.
Nonetheless, some tutors also lamented over the time the Commission was taking to effect some of the transfers that had been approved.
“My status reads acknowledged since November despite the commission approving it. What is the way forward, please? I am worried about what is going on. Kindly approve it,” Kennedy Libese stated.
In April, through a circular, TSC boss, Nancy Macharia, directed the regional education officers to audit the distribution of teachers in schools over concerns that some schools had limited teachers.
“Any arising movements conducted in the local areas must have a human face and must be well discussed with all relevant offices to ensure equity for all of our learners in tandem with existing staffing norms. If unchecked, this will adversely impact learning outcomes in our learning institutions,” Macharia directed.
In 2018, TSC started the decolonisation program which saw many headteachers transferred across the country. The aim of the program was to move teachers who had served in their regions for a long time.
However, the move was opposed by various teachers’ unions such as the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) as they stated that their families would be affected by the move.
“A number have opted to take early retirement, others have moved to county governments and some are thinking about what to do. Don’t force any policies, it is dangerous and worse than poison.
“We are questioning certain policies where we have not been adequately involved. We want the promotion of teachers. It is a right, it is not negotiable or reducible,” former KNUT Secretary General, Wilson Sossion, stated.
KNUT offices located along Mfangano street in Nairobi