TSC criticised for delegating responsibilities to politicians
Zablon Awange, who serves as the Executive Secretary of the Kisumu chapter of the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), has leveled accusations that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has failed to live up to its responsibilities by allowing politicians to intervene.
Awange has voiced disappointment over the fact that politicians have taken over the functions of the TSC, which are supposed to be responsible for hiring new teachers, promoting existing teachers, and recruiting new teachers.
He gave examples of politicians, including cabinet secretaries, who have publicly disseminated employment letters, which he views to be in breach of the mandate given to the TSC. When it comes to delivering letters of this nature, he claims that these politicians have a propensity to prefer their fans and families.
Awange drew attention to the problem of discrimination in the county’s teaching promotions and emphasized its severity. He said that there have been disciplinary procedures taken against some teachers in the form of transfers in the past when they have expressed concerns about this issue.
As the leader of KUPPET, Awange issued an appeal to the government authorities, requesting that they evaluate the cases of teachers who were fired for a variety of reasons and urging them to pardon those instructors whose cases were either weak or not warranted.