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Delocalized Teachers to Be Transferred Back to Home Counties, Starting with the Aged

It is now clear that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will start effecting transfer requests for teachers aged fifty years and above in a move targeting to end teacher delocalization.

The TSC board will sit and approve the online teacher transfer requests January 2023. Once approved, the transfers will be released immediately.

The Commission is expected to work on the transfer requests once teachers are through with administration and marking of the 2022 KPSEA, KCPE and KCSE.

Sources have however revealed that TSC will give priority to aged teachers, who are nearing their retirement.

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This has even been hinted by the Deputy President, Rigathi Gachangua, who confirmed that the transfers will be in line with the manifesto and Education Charter of Kenya Kwanza.

Speaking during the launch of the induction of the 49-member working party, Gachagua said that the Ruto administration advocates for a strong family unit which will  keep families together rather than break them.

The 49-member team was appointed to submit recommendations to spearhead a review of the education sector.

“We had our plan, our manifesto, our education charter there are several things that we promised teachers. The issue of delocalization that has destroyed families. The Ruto administration is for a strong family unit to keep families together especially more so those teachers who are headed for retirement. We want to assist them to prepare for retirement,” said Gachagua.

The DP revealed that they will meet TSC this week to have a discussion that will see teachers who were delocalized being transferred back to their home counties.

“We will be engaging with TSC next week so that the issue of delocalization is dealt with once and for all and teachers who are taken to places and their families put in awkward situation that matter is addressed so that we build strong family ties for a stronger nation,” said the Gachagua last week.

In July 2021, TSC in a circular outlining the CBA 2021-2025 benefits allowed teachers to transfer to their spouses.

“However,to achieve the family values enshrined in the Constitution, the Commission shall consider transfer requests for married couples to appropriate stations/locations subject to availability of vacancies,the need for suitable replacement, existing staffing norms and proof of marriage among other factors,” read the CBA document.

However TSC had put the condition that the married couples must be both teachers and will only be transferred subject to availability of vacancies.

The issue of teacher delocalization destroying families and endangering teachers lives was also raised two weeks ago when TSC Commissioners embark on a countrywide collection of views from stakeholders in the teaching service in a bid to steer service re-engineering.

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