Public Service Commission Promotes 63 TVET Principals
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has promoted a total of 63 TVET principals following three months of waiting.
The PSC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Simon K Rotich responded to a letter dated the 6th of July 2022 which was received on the 2nd of September 2022 by the Principal Secretary State Department for Vocational and Technical Training in the Ministry of Education Dr Margaret Mwakima calling on her to take the necessary action.
“This is to inform you that the Public Service Commission has considered a request for promotion of officers in the Vocational and Technical Trainers Cadre in your Ministry (State Department for Vocational and Technical Training),” read part of the letter.
The position of Chief Principal Vocational and Technical Trainers was upgraded from CSG6/Job Group ‘R’ to CSG 5/ Job Group ‘S’ to be on par with similar training institutions in the service.
The 19 principals working under the job group will be earning between Kshs 133,870 and Kshs. 197,800 per month.
The Commission also promoted forty-two (42) Principal Vocational and Technical Trainers I (CSG 7/Job Group ‘P’) to the job grade of Senior Principal Vocational and Technical Trainer (CSG 6/Job Group ‘R’).
The salary for the grade will be between Kshs. 99,000 and Kshs. 169,140 per month.
In addition, the Commission promoted 2 Principal Vocational and Technical Trainers II from CSG 8/Job Group ‘N’ to the job grade of Principal Vocational and Technical Trainer I at CSG 7/ Job Group ‘P’.
The new salary range for this grade will range from Kshs. 87,360 to Kshs. 121,430 per month.
Dr Rotich instructed trainers who were recruited by the Commission and have served one year should be promoted to the next grade in line with the current policy and the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) should be developed to guide the future growth of the TVET cadre.
Rotich also directed that the induction programmes for the newly appointed TVET staff should be scheduled after consultation with the Commission. Dr Mwakima was to also ensure that promotions for TVET trainers are handled in line with Section 37 of the PSC Act 2017.
At the beginning of this year, TVET instructions called on the government to consider their promotions because they had been stuck in the same positions for many years.
While attending a training programme held in Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort and Spa in Mombasa in May, the Kenya Association Technical Training Institutes (KATTI) Chairperson and Principal Nairobi Technical Training Institute (TTI) Mutungi Glory Kambanja expressed worry that they had not received any communication from the PSC since they were moved from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
TVET tutors and administrators moved from TSC to PSC payrolls just over four years ago in a move the government said was to improve the delivery of service.
Mutungi called on the government to implement the Schemes of Service, saying that some of their colleagues were disillusioned and unceremoniously left the service due to growing uncertainty.
The scheme of service was drafted after they got enlisted in the public service.
However, the TVET Act, 2013 does not specify guidelines for the promotion and remuneration of TVET tutors. It has not undergone any review since being signed into law.
Below is the list of all promoted individuals and their Job Groups.
Senior Principal Vocational and Technical Trainer (CSG 6/Job Group R)