BEFORE DECEMBER OR JANUARY, TSC BE APPROVING MASS TRANSFERS RE-ROUTING
In an effort to realign uprooted educators in time for the upcoming school year, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has launched a systemwide approval process for teacher transfers. Commission headquarters has reported that petitions for transfers across regions are being processed in preparation for December and early January.
Teachers are transferred from one county within a region to another under the direction of TSC Regional Directors. Teachers seeking approval to move to a county outside of their assigned region must go via the national TSC transfer board.
After difficulties with prior mass transfers due to a shortage of acceptable placements, about 26,871 teachers are requesting transfers back to their home counties. Of the approximately 46,926 elementary and secondary school teachers who had requested transfers to their home counties by June 30, only around 20,055 had been granted their requests.
Before processing a transfer request, the Commission follows its transfer rules and makes sure there are qualified replacements and open positions at the teacher’s current station. Mr. Ezekiel Machogu, the Education CS, reaffirmed the TSC’s constitutional duty to ensure the fair distribution and efficient use of teachers in all public institutions providing elementary and secondary education.
Teachers interested in transfers must submit requests, and the decision is governed by criteria such as equitable distribution, optimum usage of teachers, vacancy availability, the need for replacement, existing staffing requirements, and other variables deemed relevant by the TSC.
Teachers who have been relocated can check the status of their transfer requests through the TSC’s online transfer application portal. Those who were selected for a transfer can pick up their transfer letters in January from TSC County offices.
Important phrases associated with electronic transfers include “Pending,” “Acknowledged,” “Not Approved,” and “Approved,” which designate distinct phases of the transfer process. TSC-interdicted educators will have their day in court in December for failing to report back to their stations as required. This includes 129 out-of-town educators in the North Eastern area.
The TSC instituted delocalization to alleviate teacher shortages in certain areas, foster national unity by relocating instructors from their home communities, and minimize conflicts of interest in school administration.