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Acting School Administrators in ASAL Areas to Be Confirmed

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is set to confirm school administrators in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas (ASAL) who are in acting positions.

The Commission has now directed all TSC Sub-County Directors of Education to provide it with the details of the teachers who have been in acting capacities for more than three years.

Among the details that will be provided to the Commission includes the responsibilities that the said teachers have been acting. For instance, the positions may be as deputies or headteachers and the date that the teacher was assigned the responsibility. The name of the teacher, the school the teacher is working at as well as their TSC numbers.

In 2021 TSC announced that all teachers that are in areas that are difficult to staff shall be promoted on affirmative action.

Senior teachers, senior masters and deputy headteachers and heads of schools are among the positions that were to undergo promotions in ASAL areas based on affirmative action.

To be considered for the promotions teachers were required to have worked for three or more years. In addition, the Commission also revealed that the promotions were to be done following with Career Progression Guidelines (CPG).

The Commission said that teachers who were working in ASAL areas and areas that are difficult to staff and are serving in administrative positions in acting capacity were to be promoted gradually until they reach the grades that correspond to their respective positions.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General, Mr Collins Oyuu, applauded this act from the Commission following the signing of the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in July 2021.

Following the signing of the 2021-2025 CBA which did not include any salary increment, the main teachers’ unions i.e. the Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET), the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers (KUSNET) and KNUT revealed there was the opening that all parties could be able to sit down and negotiate a pay rise the factors that hindered salary increments have passed or been addressed.

Among the issues that were said to have hindered discussion over any pay rise with the Commission was the economic recession caused by the novel coronavirus. However, this year the three main teachers’ unions and the Commission gave an indication that they are ready to negotiate salary increments for teachers.

Another contentious issue has been the Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programme which many teachers have been opposing. The tussle was over who should pay for the training with many of the view that the Commission should cover the cost since they are the employer.

Unfortunately with there being no allocation for the TPD in the latest budget plans teachers will have to wait a little bit longer even if the government has since agreed to cover the costs for the TPD.

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