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A total of 16,152 teachers have been promoted after successfully passing interviews conducted last December and in February 2021.

According to Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Nancy Machari, this was part of the package under the Sh54 billion Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which lapses next month.

“The interviews were part of the final phase of the CBA that has been implemented since July 1, 2017,” said Dr Macharia.

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Those who have benefited are 1,341 Deputy Principals I, who are under Job Group D3 and another 1,096 Deputy Principals II, under job group D2.Also filled up after the interviews are some 39 Senior Lecturers I, who fall under job group D2.

Also benefiting from the promotions are 1,590 Deputy Principal III, who fall under job group D1, 209 Curriculum Support Officers and 2,111 headteachers, under job group C5.

Majority of the beneficiaries however are members of job group C3, who have been promoted to Senior Master IV under group C4.  They total 6,680 teachers, and sources tell that most of the applicants in this job group were taken, with more to be promoted in the next CBA.

Also considered in the promotions are 1,756 positions of Deputy Headteacher II. Some 45 Senior lecturers and 350 Senior Master IV, under job group C4 have also benefited.

Headteachers and deputy headteacher II and Secondary Teacher I, for teachers serving Career Progression Guidelines (CPGs) have also benefited.

The positions of Secondary Teacher I&II, Senior Master, Deputy Principal, Primary Teacher I, Senior Teacher, Deputy Headteacher and Headteachers for those serving under CPGs in ASAL areas have also been filled. All teachers serving as administrators in acting positions in arid and semi-arid lands have been confirmed, despite having not attended interviews.

Letters on the outcome of the interviews are being sent to all teachers, who were interviewed,” said Dr Macharia.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary General, Akello Misori said the union welcomes the promotion of the teachers.

“Some of them have stagnated in the same Job Groups for more than 10 years. This is only the start, because there are more than 100,000 teachers deserving promotions,” said Misori.

In particular, Misori urges the TSC to conduct interviews for promotion for teachers from C3 to C4, before the current CBA expires.

The promotions advert of these teachers sparked a major scramble for the slots amid fears it would not benefit members of Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).

It was not immediately clear if Knut teachers benefited from the promotions. KNUT opposed the career progression guidelines and wanted the schemes of service criteria to be adopted in the promotions. This saw thousands of teachers affiliated to KNUT miss in the promotions except for those who pressed the reject button. According to TSC, KNUT members who were opposed to the CPG were not legible to benefit from the CBA 2017-2021 gains.

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