The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, has moved to implement President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive on Strengthening the Scouts movement. In November last year, 2018, the President directed TSC to deploy two teachers to each county to coordinate scouting programmes in schools.
“As we have just agreed, there will be two teachers, paid for by the National Government paid for through the Teachers Service Commission in each county to support and work with the scouting Association to help us grow the movement but, also to help us once again to instill discipline,” said President Kenyatta when he Presided over the 2018 Kenya Scouts Association’s Day at State House, in Nairobi.
Consequently, TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr Nancy Macharia has now directed County Directors to appoint County Scouts’ Coordinators to oversee the Scouts Movement’s activities. “In order to strengthen Scouting Programmes in schools, the Teachers Service Commission has approved the appointment of County Scouts Coordinators who will work with the Leadership of the Scouts Movement to Coordinate the Scouting activities,” says Dr Nancy Macharia via a circular dated 18th February, 2019.
In the Circular copied to TSC Regional Coordinators, TSC County Directors and TSC Sub- county Directors, the Commission boss says that each County shall have only one Scouts Coordinator and who will be required to work with the County scouts Movement Leadership to fully realize the objectives of the movement. The Coordinator will oversee activities at both Primary and Secondary Schools; meaning that there shall be 47 Coordinators in total appointed by the Commission. This comes even as the Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Amina Mohammed, ordered all schools to strengthen the Guidance and Counseling Departments. Read more details here: CS Amina to all schools- Establish strong Guidance and Counseling Departments
Dr Macharia has given tough qualifications for those eyeing appointments into the new County Scouts Coordinators’ role. According to her, the appointee should:
- Be at the level of Senior Teacher in the Case of Primary schools,
- Be at the Level of Senior Master/ Mistress in Secondary Schools,
- Be an active and passionate member of the scouts movement and
- Should have demonstrated ability to Coordinate the Scouts activities in the county.
The Coordinator will have a leaner workload so as to have spare time for overseeing Scouting activities. “The appointed teacher will be allocated a smaller teaching load which the Commission will advise on in the appointment letter,” adds Dr Nancy. The Coordinators will, though, be under their respective heads of institutions and are expected to seek written approval from the heads when required to attend scouting activities. The names of nominees, as selected by the County Directors, will be sent to the Commission’s headquarters for approval and appointment; by 15th March, 2019.