TSC transfer memo.Teachers’ transfers and leaves will be suspended by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to allow for the planning and management of national exams in 2023.
Teachers are currently being trained on how to administer and monitor :
- the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE),
- Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), and
- Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
The KCPE exam will be taken by around 1,415,315 candidates, while the KCSE exam will be taken by another 903,260. KPSEA will also be taken by 1,282,574 Grade Six students.
TSC will, however, start bulk transfers of teachers in December for instructors with acceptable replacements.
Last month, Education Cabinet Ezekiel Machogu said that due to a shortage of acceptable placements, 26,871 teachers have yet to be relocated back to their home counties.
As of June 30, 46,926 primary and secondary school teachers had sought to be relocated back to their home counties, but only 20,055 had been done so.
Mr Machogu stated in front of the Senate that the TSC will guarantee that the station the teacher is leaving has an appropriate replacement and that the station to which the teacher has sought for transfer has a vacancy.
TSC transfer memo.
According to the CS, TSC implemented delocalisation, in which teachers were transferred to schools other than their place of origin to:
- promote national cohesion and integration,
- prevent conflicts of interest in school management, and
- alleviate teacher shortages in some parts of the country.
Other variables considered by the TSC include the:
- availability of vacancies in the proposed station,
- necessity for replacement, existing staffing rules, medical reasons, and other factors.
According to the CS, once a teacher requests for a transfer to a county of his or her choice,
TSC transfer memo.
TSC is responsible for ensuring that there are acceptable openings, replacements, and a balance of staff across the country before the transfer is authorized.
According to Mr Machogu, the commission is reviewing transfer requests in a systematic and coordinated manner.
He went on to say that a lack of competent replacements is a serious issue, particularly for principals.