The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, has directed the AON Medical Insurance provider to remove 3,690 teacher from its medical insurance scheme. This comes after the tutors transferred their services from the TSC to the Public Service Commission, under the Ministry of Education.
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This is contained in a circular dated 18th October, 2018, and written by Mrs. J.M Maundu (For the TSC Chief Executive Officer) to the General Manager of AON Insurance Brokers Limited.
“Following a directive on management Teachers/Lectures serving at technical institutions Teachers Service Commission released 3690 employees to Ministry of Education with effect from 1st October, 2018,” says Mrs. Maundu in the circular.
TSC now says the said tutors are no longer entitled to AON medical cover since they are not TSC employees. “You are therefore directed to remove the affected members from the list of membership henceforth, as per the provided data,” Mrs. Maundu directs AON’s Mr. Edwin Kegode.
Teachers under the TSC contribute to both the AON and NHIF, National Hospital Insurance Schemes. But, the AON medical scheme has been thorny, lately, after the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, KUPPET, vehemently protested the recent renewal of the AON contract with TSC. This has led to major differences between the two teachers’ unions; KUPPET and the Kenya National Union of Teachers, KNUT.
KUPPET has threatened to call its members to a strike in January to force the TSC to cancel the contract and is currently collecting signatures from members for a petition geared towards the suspension of the medical scheme. According to KUPPET, AON does not live up to expectations of members and they blame it for providing substandard services. KNUT on its side seems to be warming up to the AON medical Insurance Scheme and it has instead wedged a war with TSC on promotions, Evaluations and Delocalization of teachers.