The Teachers Service Commission has distanced itself from the promotions, transfers, and hiring snafus that have clouded its human resources processes. Instead, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) blamed its employees (teachers) for stagnation and late transfers.
TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia told MPs on Tuesday that despite the fact that there are numerous open positions at all levels, teachers have neglected to show up and apply for them.
‘‘On several occasions, we have placed advertisements in mainstream media and on social media for teachers to apply but we are not getting the needed number,’’ Dr Macharia said.
Macharia stated that despite the commission’s repeated requests for suitable teachers to apply, the positions remain unfilled.
She was speaking before the National Assembly Education Committee on Tuesday. The TSC chief stated that the commission published 14,738 openings earlier this year for the promotion of teachers to different grades to cover positions arising from natural attrition.
She was speaking before the National Assembly Education Committee on Tuesday. The TSC chief stated that the commission published 14,738 promotion vacancies earlier this year for the promotion of teachers to different grades to cover positions arising from natural attrition.
However, only 11,231 teachers were hired, with 3,507 positions going unfilled due to a lack of suitable applications. A total of 1,021 positions were designated for affirmative action teachers. ”In June 2023, the commission re-advertised the 3,507 empty positions. ”The selection process is presently underway,” Macharia explained.
TSC may have established stringent standards to discourage teachers from applying, according to Mandera South MP Haro Abdul. ”Does it mean there were no qualified instructors in the North Eastern to fill the openings advertised?” Abdul inquired
TSC boss revealed that in the last twelve months, over 21,000 teachers have been promoted based on common cadre promotions. She accused teachers of not being willing to apply for opportunities in other counties.
‘‘While undertaking teacher promotion, the commission faced the challenge of “promotion based localisation” in that teacher promotion is now based on the number of vacancies in a specific county,’’ she stated. ‘‘Teachers are only competing for vacancies in their own counties as they cannot be “transferred” to other counties,’’ she told MPs.
Malava MP Malulu Injendi pointed fingers at TSC, claiming that many teachers had remained in the same job category despite acting for many years. ”Our teachers are disheartened. When do teachers in Job Group B5 stop acting? Does this imply that teacher promotion is skewed?” asked Injendi.