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Teachers acting as school administrators are set to be promoted on affirmative action. Among those to be confirmed are senior teachers and masters, deputy headteachers and school heads in acting capacity. However, this will begin with Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) and hard to staff areas, according to information from TSC.

To be considered for promotion, the teachers must have served in their current position for at least three years.

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Although the Teachers Service Commission, (TSC) through circular number 14/2021 said promotions of teachers shall be in accordance with the Career Progression Guidelines in force, TSC maintained that teachers serving in ASAL and hard to staff areas and are holding administrative positions in an acting capacity shall be promoted progressively until they obtain grades commensurate to their respective positions.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary general, Collins Oyuu, clarified that what TSC has done is to list the hard to staff areas and maintained that they are putting administrators on acting capacity regardless of their grade, who will continue to serve in those administrative positions in the hard to staff areas until they attain their respective grades for confirmation.

“Those areas are hardship but hard to staff, meaning, even positions of Head teachers and Deputies nobody is ready to be there, and those who are there are not even qualified for those positions in terms of what we have in the CBA,” said Oyuu.

“They are promoted to act in those positions because those areas are hard to staff and nobody is willing to go there,” he added.

Oyuu added that what TSC is looking at is the interest an individual teacher has in line with serving under acting capacity of administration in those areas prior to one’s grade until when the teacher attains the full grade of administrator for full confirmations of the position the teacher was acting before.

Sources say the promotions and employment of more teachers will happen after the July budget.Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has allocated an additional Sh14.9 billion to the TSC, whose budget has risen to Sh296.6 billion from Sh281.7 billion this year.

TSC will receive an extra Sh15 billion for the 2022 – 2023 financial year, with the additional money aimed to cater for a pay rise and hiring of new teachers.

The National Treasury has also allocated an extra Sh70.8 billion to ministries for recurrent expenditure, including the annual pay rise.

Already a total of 1,963 teachers were promoted following interviews conducted in November by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

The Commission interviewed 1,376 teachers holding positions of Heads and Deputy Heads of

institutions in ASAL and Hard to Staff areas who were seeking promotions.

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