All Delocalized Teachers To Be Moved Closer To their families under new CBA

All Delocalized Teachers To Be Moved Closer To their families under new CBA

A nationwide mass transfer of teachers looms, following a deal between teachers and the teachers service commission, TSC, to reunite families that had been separated by delocalization.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed between unions and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will reverse some of the transfers that separated families.

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“In promoting family values, the commission agreed to consider requests for transfer of couples who are teachers, subject to availability of vacancies among other requirements,” reads a section of the CBA in part.

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Collins Oyuu has referred to the transfer of delocalized teachers as one of the major gains in the CBA, which has faced criticism for lacking a money component.

“Families have suffered in most of the transfer cases. These families that were moved apart due to the transfers will now be reunited once the TSC starts to implement the deal,” said Oyuu.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary-General Akelo Misori said reuniting families will be a major reprieve.

“Some of these teachers are nearing retirement. Bringing them close to each other will be a good move. Some are also having health issues and being close to family is a major win,” said Mr Misori.

Knut had opposed delocalisation policy that aimed at evenly distributing teachers countrywide through transfers.

The policy, according to the teachers’ employer, has been part of the government’s move to enhance national cohesion and bolster professionalism and commitment in the teaching profession.

Secondary school heads were the most affected by the exercise that began on January 1, 2018.

“The overall objective of this policy is to deter over-localisation of teaching profession so as to promote co-existence and cohesion among different communities,” said Macharia in defense to the delocalization policy.

With the expiry of 2017-2021 CBA and its subsequent replacement with 2021-2025, there will be no delocalization and victims of delocalization will be transferred closer to their families.

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