The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has distributed at least 1,900 letters of recommendation for county-based school administrators.
The posting letters are already being sent to the owners in a number of counties. Since the interviews are over, there have been delays in the letters’ release.
In order for the newly posted teachers to report to their new station and begin working next term, they have already received their letters.
TSC first published an advertisement in December 2022 for 14,738 teacher promotions before removing it.
After failing to draw the necessary number of applicants, it then called for more applications in January, March, and May of this year.
Letters for instructors who applied to be senior teachers have not yet been released by the Commission. Some teachers were serving in an interim capacity as senior teachers and are awaiting confirmation.
The bulk of the teachers who participated in promotion interviews in March and were chosen for the positions they applied for have not yet been posted, according to the TSC database, which is also accessible in county and subcounty directors offices.
The paucity of money, which are being granted by the treasury piecemeal, is what a top TSC official blamed for the delays.
According to him, the Commission would keep promoting and posting the teachers as long as it receives funding.
Nancy Macharia, the CEO of TSC, has criticised teachers for not receiving promotions.
She charged that educators were unwilling to apply for jobs that offered advancement 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 when she appeared before the National Assembly Education Committee.
The head of TSC noted that in order to fill posts left open by natural attrition, the commission had posted 14,738 job openings at the beginning of this year.
However, only 11,231 teachers were hired, while 3,507 positions went unfilled for want of qualified candidates. Of these, 1,021 positions were set aside for teachers under the affirmative action programme.
For both regular and special schools, TSC posted job advertisements for the positions of chief principal, principal, deputy principal, senior master, headteacher and senior teacher.