TSC to Begin Promotions with C1, C2 and Teachers in Acting Capacity
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is intending to promote 36,829 teachers in both primary and secondary schools.
Last week when she appeared before the National Assembly’s Education Committee According to TSC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Nancy Macharia implored Members of Parliament to allocate Kes. 2 billion that will be used in promoting 12,634 teachers in the 2023/2024 financial year.
The Commission informed the Parliamentary Committee on Education that it will require the funds to move teachers to new job groups.
According to estimates that the Commission tabled before the committee, Kes. 600 billion is required to promote 4,595 primary school teachers from Grades C1 to C2 while Kes. 1 billion will be required to promote 4,750 Diploma holders from Grade C2 to C3.
TSC also requires Kes. 400 million to promote 2,637 graduate teachers from grades C3 to C4 and Kes. 175,038,528 to enable 652 graduate teachers from Job grades D3 to D4.
The TSC CEO told members of parliament that the Commission is planning to promote 11,258 teachers in the common cadre in the current financial year, subject to the availability of funds.
In addition, she said that the Commission will promote 13,717 teachers on a competitive basis and 1,021 on affirmative action in ASAL and hardship areas.
4,006 teachers were competitively promoted in the 2019/20 financial year and another 16,032 in the 2020/2021 financial year.
Members of Parliament demanded to know why some teachers had not been confirmed after acting in many positions for up to five years.
Lugari MP Nabii Nabwera said that TSC has never given teachers any reasons as to why they had not been confirmed.
Macharia said that teachers who qualify for appointment as institutional administrators must show their interest by submitting applications when the Commission advertises positions.
“Deployment of institutional administrators, teachers who have acted as institutional administrators have an added advantage during interviews as they are awarded marks on the number of years they have been acting,” said Dr Macharia.
The Commission’s CEO told MPs that the policy on the deployment of school administrators has a clear career progression structure to ensure systematic progression, growth and professional development for all teachers.
According to a Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET) report, 6,031 teachers have been holding positions in an acting capacity.
The Committee’s chairperson said that the Commission has to develop a mechanism to pay teachers who have been due for promotion but have remained in the same job grade and therefore affecting their retirement kitty.
“How will these teachers be compensated because failure to confirm them means their overall retirement package is affected,” said Hon Melly.
Promotion of teachers is based on regulation 73 of the Code of Regulations for teachers, career progression guidelines and the policy on the selection and appointment of institutional administrators.
Teachers are promoted based on the availability of funds, the existence of vacancies, merit and ability as reflected through the teachers’ hard work, performance, seniority and experience. Annual performance records and academic and professional qualifications are also part of the considerations for promotion.
“Promotion will be done competitively with the objective of recognizing and rewarding effort and performance, aligning teachers for succession management and motivating employees to perform better in their duties and responsibilities with the aim of improving the quality of teaching and learning,” said Dr Macharia to the legislators.
Macharia also informed the committee that the Commission will advertise the slots for purposes of transparency and accountability. Following the advertisement, interested candidates must submit their applications online.