TSC Rolls Out Retirement Sensitization Program Targeting Teachers Aged 50 and Above
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has rolled out retirement programme for teachers aged fifty years and above.
In a memo to county and sub county directors, the commission ordered a venue to be identified for sensitizing the teachers on retirement.
The teachers will be meeting in venues identified in their sub counties this week and next week for the sensitization programme.
The training come a time when members of parliament are crafting a bill to retire teachers and civil servants aged fifty five and over.
Around 85,000 teachers and civil servants are expected to retire in the next three financial years thus outing pressure on taxpayers with pension bills projected to average nearly Sh210 billion annually in the review period.
According to Section 80 (1) (a) and (b) of the Public Service Commission Act 2017 provides that a Public Officer shall retire from the service with effect from the date of attaining the mandatory retirement age.
The mandatory retirement age is currently 60 years and 65 years for those living with disabilities. However the parliamentary committee is considering reducing the mandatory retirement age from the current 60 years to 55 to give young people an opportunity to be employed in the public service.
On Thursday August 3, the National Assembly’s Labour committee, while considering the Public Service Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023, said it will introduce an amendment to the proposed legislation to cap the retirement age at 55.
Kangundo MP Fabian Muli said if the committee is to serve the interest of the youth, then it should propose further amendments to the Bill to reduce the retirement age.
“We need to think further and reduce the age to 55 to make the youth of this country proud,”Mr Muli said.
He declared that should the committee fail to factor in the age reduction amendment, he would propose the change as an individual.
Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga said the committee needs to amend the necessary legal provisions on the retirement age.
“We need to get to know how the 60 years retirement age was arrived at so that we can amend those provisions,”Mr Chonga said.