Teachers’ TSC transfers and leaves canceled due to exams
To assist the planning and administration of the 2023 national exams, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has decided to temporarily stop teacher transfers and leaves. This decision comes as preparations for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations are ongoing.
To guarantee the seamless planning and implementation of the 2023 national exams, comprising KCPE, KPSEA, and KCSE, the TSC will temporarily suspend teacher transfers and leaves.
In terms of future exams, about 1,415,315 candidates will take the KCPE exam, while 903,260 will take the KCSE test. In addition, 1,282,574 Grade Six students will take part in the KPSEA.
The KPSEA will be attended by approximately 1,415,315 KCPE candidates, 903,260 KCSE candidates, and 1,282,574 Grade Six students.
However, if adequate replacements are available, the TSC intends to resume mass teacher transfers in December. Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu recently reported that due to a shortage of adequate placements, around 26,871 teachers are still awaiting transfers to their home counties.
Nonetheless, the TSC plans to resume extensive teacher transfers in December, subject to the availability of suitable substitutes. The Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu, revealed that 26,871 teachers are awaiting transfers to their home counties due to a lack of placement choices.
As of June 30, a total of 46,926 primary and secondary school teachers had asked for transfers back to their home counties, with just 20,055 of them being successful. According to Mr. Machogu, the TSC’s transfer strategy strives to promote equal teacher distribution and optimal use across the country, in accordance with Article 43 of the Constitution.
By the end of June, 46,926 primary and secondary teachers had requested transfers to their home counties, but only 20,055 had been relocated. Mr. Machogu emphasized that the TSC’s transfer strategy aims to achieve a fair distribution of teachers and efficient use of their resources, as required by Article 43 of the Constitution.
The transfer procedure takes into account a variety of elements, such as the availability of vacancies, the demand for replacements, staffing requirements, medical reasons, and other pertinent factors. The goal is to avoid widespread teacher exodus, which could disturb the learning environment.
Multiple criteria, such as unfilled positions, replacement requirements, staffing standards, medical considerations, and other relevant features, are considered during the transfer operation. The goal is to minimize large-scale teacher relocations, which could disrupt the educational environment.
Notably, TSC has encountered difficulties in transferring non-local teachers in North Eastern counties due to a lack of suitable replacements, resulting in regret letters being issued to affected teachers who have been ordered to return to their workstations by September 9, 2023, or face disciplinary action. According to reports, some 100 teachers have received such regret letters.
Notably, the TSC has difficulty moving non-local teachers in the North Eastern regions due to a shortage of suitable substitutes. As a result, these teachers received regret letters directing them to return to their posts by September 9, 2023, or face disciplinary measures. Around 100 teachers have verified receiving similar letters of sorrow.