11 Circumstances Under Which a Teacher can be transferred by TSC;What to be Considered
A teacher may be transferred under the following circumstances:
- After transferring to a secondary institution from a primary school.
- when a member of a trade union like the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) or the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) comes to the end of their contract.
- A teacher who has been granted a study leave that is longer than six months must apply for posting by the Commission at least thirty days before the study leave expires.
- Following a personal leave provided to spouses of diplomats, the spouse of a diplomat serving in a mission or service must apply to the commission for posting one month before the assignment of duty is to end.
- 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 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 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 swap request to the TSC.
Below are some of the things TSC will use to consider for transfer requests for teachers.
1. The age of the teacher:
The age of the teacher is one of the factors TSC looks at when considering a transfer request.
Previously teachers aged 56 years and above were exempted from the transfer out of the area of their current work stations.
Due to the end of TSC delocalization policy teachers aged 50 years and above will be in top of priority list when the transfer requests are being considered.
Delocalized teachers in this age bracket are school heads who were transferred out of their county from the year 2018.
There are around 6,078 primary school headteachers and secondary school principals who were delocalized.
2. Health status:
Teachers with proven cases of terminal illness were previously exempted from transfers out of their sub county of work.
Ailing teachers will top the priority list. Teachers suffering from chronic conditions such as High Blood Pressure, Diabetes etc will have their transfers early.
However TSC will evaluate each case on its own merit taking into consideration the supporting Medical documents, the availability and accessibility to the appropriate medical facilities amongst other factors in the proposed station.
3. Teachers with Disabilities;
Teachers with disability with the necessary certification were previously exempted from transfers outside their current station sub County.
Delocalized teachers who have a proven disability will have top consideration when the re-routing starts.
4. Family considerations:
Teachers with families will be considered. This will be a key factor when re-routing delocalized teachers home. A marriage certificate or an affidavit will be an evidence for marriage.
Previously TSC transferred couples who are employees of the Commission and have formally declared their marital status in the same neighborhood.
Teachers with sick parents or children or couple will also be given priority.
5. Length of stay since first appointment:
Previously for a teacher to be considered they must have served in a station for a period of not less than three (3) years and five (5) years for North Eastern and other areas respectively since first appointment; unless otherwise authorized by the Commission Secretary.
Though this will change priority will be given based on length of stay since first appointment.
Some teachers were delocalized in 2016 others in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. TSC will consider the time the teacher was first posted.