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This Is When TSC Will Act on Transfer Requests of Teachers

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has revealed when it will act on the transfer requests of teachers across the country.

The Commission has informed sub-counties of the timelines for approving transfer requests for teachers within their jurisdictions.

According to the Commission, Sub-County directors should begin acting on transfer requests by teachers in their areas of jurisdiction as of the 22nd of November 2022.

Sub-County Directors, Human Resource officers and Curriculum Support Officers in each zone in the Sub-County will be part of the committee that will be charged with approving online teacher transfer requests.

The transfers will be approved on the basis of priority basis with school administrators will also set to be considered.

However, the team will only handle transfer requests that have been acknowledged.

According to reports, some school headteachers and their deputies are at an age where they are almost retiring and there is a need to balance out staff.

Some schools also do not have headteachers and deputies. Some schools have deputies who are only in acting roles as either school heads or deputies but they are yet to be confirmed.

Many heads of schools and their deputies have applied to be transferred to new schools at the beginning of the New Year.

Transfer letters are set to be issued in January ahead of the reopening of schools to successful teachers by the Sub-County directors.

However, following the scrapping of the delocalization policy, teachers will only be transferred within the zone they are currently working in.

This came to fruition following Lurambi Member of Parliament’s lodging of a motion on the same in the National Assembly.

When considering transfers TSC considers various factors.

The factors are usually listed on the transfer portal and can be seen when a teacher is applying for a transfer.

In this article, we provide details on these factors.

  • Length of stay of a teacher at current station, Sub-County and County.

A teacher MUST have served in their current station for a period of not less than three (3) years for the North Eastern region and five (5) years in other areas across the country since their first appointment. However, the Commission has the mandate to authorize otherwise as it is in charge of teacher recruitment. The priority only changes based on the length of stay since the date of the first appointment.

  • Teacher’s disability status

The government usually gives priority to individuals with disabilities and this also applies to the transfer of teachers. Delocalized teachers who have a proven disability status will have top consideration when considering a transfer.

  • Health status

A teacher with a proven case of terminal illness used to be exempted from transfers out of their sub-county of work.

Ailing tutors will be the first priority. Teachers with chronic conditions such as High Blood pressure, Diabetes etc. will have their transfers early.

However, TSC does an evaluation on a case-by-case scenario considering medical documents, availability and accessibility to the appropriate medical facilities amongst other factors in the proposed station.

  • Teacher’s age

The age of a teacher is one of the factors that the Commission considers when addressing a teacher’s transfer application.

Previously, teachers aged 56 years and above used to be exempted from the transfer out of the area of their current workstations.

Now with delocalization having been scrapped, teachers aged 50 years and above will be first to be prioritized when transfer requests are being looked at.

Teachers of this age usually involve school heads who were transferred out of the county starting in the year 2018. Around 60,078 primary school head teachers and secondary school principals were delocalized.

  • Family Consideration

Teachers who have families will be considered and this is set to be a crucial factor when re-routing teachers who had been delocalized. As evidence of marriage, teachers will be required to provide a marriage certificate or an affidavit.

Previously, TSC transferred couples who are employees of the Commission had they have formally declared their marital status in the same neighbourhood.

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