KUPPET Exposes How TSC Blunder Cost Teachers Ksh2 Billion
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education of Teachers (KUPPET) disclosed how delay by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) affected 124,105 teachers.
According to a report compiled by the Union, the failure of TSC to promote teachers forced them to remain in the same job grade for at least five years.
The Union noted that in the period, the teachers lost approximately Ksh2 billion in income.
Kuppet Secretary General Akelo Misori
This report was presented in a meeting attended by the Education Committee for National Assembly on Friday, February 17, where Supplementary Estimates for 2022/2023 were discussed.
KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori urged that due to the mishap, thousands of careers had stalled.
“Many of the teachers have been serving in administrative positions in acting capacity but without matching pay,” he added.
Consequently, the union asked for Ksh20 billion from the government to promote the affected teachers in the financial year.
“The estimated budget for teachers who have stagnated in their positions for more than five years alone is Ksh10.25 billion but there are many more teachers due for promotion as per TSC regulations, which raise the budget to Ksh20 billion,” read the report in parts.
Misori added that it takes a teacher nine years to progress to a higher grade regardless of the academic qualifications.
Also in attendance was the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) led by Secretary-General Collins Oyuu who blamed TSC for overlooking teachers that have upgraded their academic qualifications.
However, when the TSC CEO Nancy Macharia appeared before the committee in December, she argued that the commission had not been granted any additional funds for the promotion of teachers for a period of 10 years except in July 2017.
When the commission advertised 30,000 vacancies, education stakeholders called upon TSC to consider teachers who have been in the industry longer.
TSC promotes teachers based on the Career Progression Guidelines (CPGs) introduced in 2016, which include satisfactory performance, and minimum qualifications among other factors.
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