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Naivasha talks collapse as both TSC and KNUT hold on to hard line positions

TSC CEO- Dr. Nancy Macharia
TSC CEO- Dr. Nancy Macharia

The Naivasha consultative meeting between the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, and the Kenya national union of Teachers, KNUT, ended pre-maturely with no major agreements between the two parties. The consultative that began on Monday hit a dead end yesterday after KNUT tabled a list of 85 teachers whose transfer it wanted revoked immediately, a move the teachers’ employer strongly rejected. According to KNUT, some of thye teachers were union officials who have now been moved from their respective branches. In a statement, TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia says “Employees who hold elective offices in Unions, SACCOS, among others are primarily employed to teach and are bound by the code of regulations for teachers, which include provisions on transfer of teachers. Election to any union office can not, therefore, be used to irregularly amend the contract between an employer and employee”.

Dr. Macharia further adds that, “all TSC employees have a right under article 27 of the commission and section 4 of the TSC act to be treated fairly without being subjected to any discrimination. It is, therefore, unreasonable and discriminatory for KNUT to demand different treatment for 85 teachers out of the 321,007 in public learning institutions on account of their elective positions in the union”.

The meeting was held pursuant to an earlier meeting on 23rd August 2018 to address some issues that have emerged in the course of the implementation of the 2017-2021 collective bargaining agreement. Some of the issues included: promotion of teachers, career progression, teachers appraisal programme and transfers.

In a move by the TSC, that is seen to cede some ground, the employer has already agreed to release all the 111 KNUT Executive Secretaries to work full time for the union. This will be bad news, though, for teachers with higher qualifications who had hoped for promotions. Three weeks ago, KNUT had issued a strike threat saying it will call its members to a nationwide strike if TSC does not meet its demands that include: the halting of the teacher delocalization exercise, scrapping of the appraisal programmes among others. “Remember the strike is only suspended and it shall be recalled promptly without any warning should the retreat (of 30/09/2018 to 5/10/2018) fail to produce fruits”, KNUT Secretary General , Wilson Sossion, had said. Sossion had threatened of a strike to paralyze the National examinations, that commence in about three weeks time.

While the talks remain in jeopardy, the TSC has maintained its commitment to harmonious industrial relations with the teachers’ union and said any industrial action at this time could affect national examinations. The TSC urges the union to put learners’ interests first . “Finally, the commission wishes to affirm its commitment to harmonious industrial relations with KNUT. Further, TSC is ready to continue with the deliberations on the monitoring of the implementation of the CBA for the benefit of the Kenyan child. In the meantime, the commission appeals to KNUT to put the interests of learners first”, said Dr. Macharia.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers leadership is yet to give a statement on the latest developments. Parents and students will be waiting anxiously for KNUT’s response and if indeed they will make good of their threats to stage a strike this term.

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Education Ministry recalls all officers on annual leave as CS Amina assures of full implementation of new curriculum

FILE PHOTO-Former Education CS and new Sports CS Designate, Dr Amina Mohammed.
FILE PHOTO-Former Education CS and new Sports CS Designate, Dr Amina Mohammed.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, has refuted claims that the full implementation of the new Competence Based Curriculum, CBC, has hit a snag. Amina  says that all interventions have been put in place to ensure full roll out the new curriculum in January 2019. CS Amina was speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum studies after leading a consultative meeting on curriculum implementation, today. Amb amina chaired the Multi-Sectoral National steering committee on curriculum Reform as part of an ongoing intensive review process to assess the implementation of the new curriculum. Last week, the Kenya Publishers’ Association lamented on the government’s sluggishness in providing guidance and resources for development of the new curriculum. The Publishers said they have not prepared instructional materials for grade four, ahead of the  new 2-6-3-3-3 education system full roll out. Read more details here.. implementation of new Curriculum-hits a snag due to lack of learning materials

CS Amina added that “mobile phones will not be allowed in schools. In fact, only centre managers will be authorized to have these devices and the phones will be monitored. As we commence this year’s examinations period, we count on all our colleagues to assist in delivering credible processes and outcomes. Our country deserves this, the children deserve this, their teachers deserve this and the future demands this”.

Yesterday, the Parliamentary Committee on Education faulted the Ministry, of Education, for failing to provide updates on its preparedness for the forthcoming National examinations. Led by Hon. Julius Melly, the Tinderet Member of Parliament who is also the chair to the committee, the MPs said they had summoned CS Amina to shed more light on the fate of the over 4,000 students affected by insecurity in various parts of the country.

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But, speaking to the media today at the KICD, in Nairobi, the Education CS reiterated the Government’s commitment in ensuring that the new curriculum is rolled out next year, as scheduled. “Going forward, we plan to supply necessary Curriculum materials to all schools to enhance the learning and teaching environment”, Amina told journalists. The CS who has been out of the Country for official duty assured teachers that they will get adequate training in order to handle the new Competency Based Curriculum. “We also plan to step up the level of preparedness among teachers to handle the CBC. We plan to hold the third National conference in Curriculum reforms in December of this year”, Amina added.

Ambassador Amina exuded confidence that full roll out of the CBC for grade one to three will go on as planned, next year.

Elsewhere, the Education PS, Dr. Belio Kipsang, has suspended annual leaves for all education officers till examinations are over. In a Circular to all Regional Coordinators of Education, RCEs, the PS directed that all educational officers on leave to resume duty immediately. The officers are required to help in administering the National examinations.

In a rejoinder, the interior cabinet secretary, Dr. fred Matiang’i, has assured of adequate security during the examination period. “It is inflexible commitment; almost militaristic to support clean exams. We will provide all the security we need”, said the fiery and no nonsense Cabinet Secretary, who initially led the Education docket where he introduced far reaching reforms. Speaking at Kereri Girls Secondary School in Kisii County, yesterday ,while commissioning a new dormitory, Dr. Matiang’i promised thorough interventions from his Ministry to ensure that  the examinations will proceed smoothly.

” This year, the change that you are going to see from my end, of Security, in terms of managing the exams will be much more swift than we were last year in getting the crooks”, Matiang’i said. Already, the Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, chairman Prof. George Magoha has highlighted areas and individuals under the spotlight for examination related malpractices.

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Secondary Education exams kick off at the end of this month.

TSC: Update on the TSC-KNUT’s Naivasha consultative meeting-2018

 

TSC: Update on the TSC-KNUT’s Naivasha consultative meeting-2018

TSC CEO- Dr. Nancy Macharia
TSC CEO- Dr. Nancy Macharia

The Naivasha retreat between the Kenya Natinal Union of Teachers, KNUT, and the Teachers Service Commission hits a snag as both parties hold on to hardline stands. Click on the link below to download a presser from the TSC’s cheif Executive, Dr. Nancy Macharia:

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When can a TSC teacher be transferred/ Redeployed, How can a teacher get a transfer

 

 

When can a TSC teacher be transferred/ Redeployed, How can a teacher get a transfer

APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER
APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER

The Teachers service Commission, TSC, may transfer a teacher from one teaching station institution to another based on:

  1. the need for equitable distribution and optimal utilization of teachers
  2. availability of a teaching vacancy in the proposed station.
  3. the need for replacement
  4. existing staffing norms which may be reviewed from time to time
  5. medical grounds, as certified by a registered medical practitioner
  6. any other grounds that the TSC may consider necessary to warrant the transfer.

When and How can a teacher get transferred:

A teacher may be transferred under the following circumstances:

  • After a study leave: A teacher granted a study leave exceeding six months shall apply for posting by the Commission at least thirty days before the expiry of the study leave.
  • After a leave granted to spouses of persons in diplomatic service: A spouse of a person in diplomatic mission/ service shall apply to the commission for posting one month before the end of assignment of duty.
  • After a disciplinary action like interdiction or suspension for a period not exceeding six months without payment of salaries and allowances.
  • After a transfer of service to the public service commission: The TSC may, Where a person applies for a transfer of service from the public commission to the TSC, approve the transfer subject to availability of a vacancy.
  • After expiry of tenure at a trade union like the Kenya National Union of Teachers, KNUT, and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, KUPPET.
  • After a substantive appointment: A teacher who is promoted and substantive appointed will be redeployed/ transferred to another station, subject to availability of such substantive posts like: Headship, Deputy Headship and Senior masters.
  • After posting from a primary to a secondary institution.
  • After applying to the commission for a transfer on medical grounds, with supportive evidence.
  • When working conditions are hostile and may jeopardize the teacher’s well being and security.
  • If there is need for equitable distribution and optimal utilization of teachers.
  • On an agreeable and tenable swoop request to the TSC.

Today’s E-Papers/ News Papers: The People, Daily Nation 3.10.2018

 

Agony awaits teachers, Civil servants and disciplined forces as government set to roll out pension scheme

 

Agony awaits teachers, Civil servants and disciplined forces as government set to roll out pension scheme

File photo: A Kenyan teacher in class
File photo: A Kenyan teacher in class

Teachers, civil servants and members of the disciplined forces are staring at looming agony in January next year, 2019, after the government made good of its plan to introduce a mandatory contributory scheme. The government employees are set to lose 7.5% of their basic salary towards the statutory pension scheme. This is the first time that the employees will be contributing for their retirement since the government has shouldered the whole responsibility. In the new contributory scheme, the servants will forfeit 7.5% of their monthly gross pay as the government gives twice as much, 15%. The cash starved government is on a collusion part to cut down on its spending in a bid to procure an additional loan facility of 1.5 billion US dollars from the International Monetary Fund, IMF.

“I know we have to do it this time round. I am really hopeful this time we will start it, hopefully in January”, said Mr. Kamau Thugge who is the Treasury Permanent secretary.

The Kenyan government has been trying to introduce the pension scheme for the past twelve years with little success. This new deduction is coming after the government introduced another monthly statutory tax of 1.5% of gross salary for government officers earning an excess of Ksh. 100,000. These funds will go towards a housing scheme that is among the big 4 agenda of the president Uhuru Kenyatta led government.

This now means that Chief principals in job group Q (T- Scale 15/ D5) will remit over Kshs. 7,000 per month to the school whose intent is to construct low cost housing units. Senior principals in Job group P/ T-scale 14/ D4 will forfeit Kshs. 6,000 monthly. Secondary school teachers in job groups G, H, J and K should prepare to lose excesses of Kshs. 1,520, Kshs. 1,777, Kshs. 1,959 and Kshs. 2,240 respectively.

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