Teachers whose families were separated following mass transfers that were executed by the commission have something to smile about in the new 2021-2025 collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
The commission noted that the move is set to promote family values. However, these transfers will be subject to availability of vacancies among other requirements.
“In promoting family values, the commission agreed to consider requests for transfer of couples who are teachers, subject to availability of vacancies among other requirements,” reads the CBA in part.
Collins Oyuu, the new Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary general lauded the move as biggest gain in the latest CBA that has been castigated owing to its lack of non-monetary component.
Mr. Oyuu noted that families that had been separated will be reunited once the commission kicks off the implementation of the deal.
He said: “Families have suffered in most of the transfer cases. These families that were moved apart due to the transfers will now be reunited once the TSC starts to implement the deal,”.
Kuppet secretary general, Okello Misori, commended the move a major win especially for teachers who are nearing retirement.
“Some of these teachers are nearing retirement. Bringing them close to each other will be a good move. Some are also having health issues and being close to family is a major win,” said Mr Misori.
TSC started mass transfer of teachers January 1, 2018. The exercise received tremendous opposition from KNUT. Secondary school heads were the most affected.
While appearing before National Assembly, Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia defended delocalisation noting that it will promote co-existence and cohesion in diffrent communities across the country.
“The overall objective of this policy is to deter over-localisation of teaching profession so as to promote co-existence and cohesion among different communities,” Dr Macharia said.