The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, is carrying out mass transfers of teachers. This is in a bid to achieve staff balancing and address the teething problems of staff shortages.
In a circular to all TSC regional directors, TSC Boss Dr. Nancy Macharia observed that despite numerous efforts by the commission to address teacher shortages, the situation is compounded by irregular teacher distribution.
“If unchecked, this will adversely impact learning outcomes in our learning institutions,” said Dr. Macharia.
Public schools are grappling with unprecedented teacher shortage that has hampered efficient service delivery at the institutions.
Macharia has therefore directed the regional directors to coordinate with county directors in their respective regions and undertake teacher rationalization with a view to ensuring equitable distribution across the schools.
“Any arising movements conducted in the local areas must have a human face and must be well discussed with all relevant offices to ensure equity for all of our learners in tandem with existing staffing norms,” said Ms Macharia.
Among the factors to be considered when transferring the teachers is their age, health status, disabilities, marital status and time served in the current school.
Teachers aged 56 years and above will be exempted from the transfer, as well as those with proven cases of terminal illness. Others are teachers with disability and who have the necessary certification.