By the end of this month, thousands of teachers hired by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will leave their positions.
It’s only a matter of time before the teachers permanently vacate the school grounds because they have their retirement letters in hand from a long time ago.
The contracts of some of the teachers will have expired, while those of others will have reached retirement age.
On June 30, 2022, they will all hang up their boots. After attaining the obligatory retirement age, at least 13,000 teachers will formally retire.
Thousands of instructors who are currently out in the cold will now have job chances thanks to the teachers leaving the service.
TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia stated that the Commission will spend Sh. 2.5 billion to hire 5,000 teachers on permanent contracts.
She also mentioned that 6,000 teachers in total will be hired as interns for a year at a cost of sh. 1.2 billion.
When it receives the cash in July of this year, the Commission will post the job openings for recruiting.
The list of categories of instructors who will be leaving the teaching profession by the end of this month is provided below.
1. School administrators are hired on a two-year contract
A total of 1,025 school heads will be fired by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) after their two-year contracts expire.
In the year 2020, the Commission had hired 1,594 headteachers and principals on a contract basis after they had reached the required retirement age.
The school heads will be discharged, according to the CEO of the Commission, Dr. Nancy Macharia, to make room for new hiring.
However, TSC kept 569 school heads in all, and their contracts were extended till December 2022.
List of the 569 school principals whose contracts were extended by the TSC to December 2022
After their retirement in 2020, TSC hired primary school principals, secondary school principals, and principals of teacher training colleges (TTCs) on a contract basis
2. Regular educators who have reached the age at which they must retire
By the end of this month, both school administrators and teachers who have reached the required retirement age will have left their positions.
Public employees must retire voluntarily upon reaching 60 years of age, under government policy.
To be eligible for this sort of retirement, one must have worked for a permanent and pensionable (PnP) establishment.
3. Disabled educators who are past retirement age
According to the 2003 Persons with Disabilities Act, teachers who have a disability must retire at age 65.
This month, disabled individuals who are classroom teachers and school administrators who have reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 will leave their positions.
This group of teachers benefits from full pay in addition to the 65-year retirement age increase because they are exempt from PAYE taxes.
The paperwork needed by TSC to process a teachers pension
Teachers who are retiring must provide the following documents to TSC:
1. TSC clearance certificate properly filled out.
2. Bank plate duplicates, both sides.
3. Two identical copies of a national identification card.
4. A duplicate, properly completed option to commutation pension form
5. Correctly filled out lump sum payment form (bank form).
6. Two copies of each letter and certificate of promotion.
7. The earliest copy of a pay stub that reveals any deductions made by male teachers for the Women’s and Children’s pension Scheme (WCPS).
8. Copies of marriage certificates or affidavits to verify names for teachers who have been married but whose records list a different name.
9. The NSSF statement must be attached by teachers who worked as untrained teachers.
10. The KRA PIN certificate in two copies.
Teachers Pension Processing TSC Requirements
Teachers and administrative employees have access to a number of retirement forms at TSC. which are
• Choosing to Leave Your Job Early
• Retiring for Medical Reasons
• 10/50 Year Retirement Rule
• Public interest retirement
• Age-Based Compulsory Retirement
EARLY VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT
• Any teacher who has reached the age of 50 may submit a written application to the commission stating their desire to retire.
• They must be at least 50 years old and have served for at least 10 years.
• A teacher who voluntarily leaves the profession must provide the commission three months’ notice of their intent to do so, unless the commission makes an exception.
RETIRING FOR MEDICAL REASONS
• This applies to educators who may no longer be in good enough health to carry out their responsibilities successfully.
• Upon realizing the impact that health issues are having on the employee’s productivity, either the employer or the employee may decide to start this sort of retirement.
• After evaluating the teacher’s medical condition, a medical board appointed by the director of medical services will propose retirement.
AGE-BASED COMPULSORY RETIREMENT
• Even the greatest of us will eventually need a break.
• In accordance with GOK policy, public employees must retire once they reach the age of 60.
• However, in accordance with the 2003 Persons with Disabilities Act, Persons Living with Disabilities are required to retire at age 65.
• To be eligible for this sort of retirement, a person must have worked for a permanent and pensionable (PnP) establishment.
IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST RETIRING
If the commission determines that it would not be in the public interest to keep the teacher in the teaching service after reviewing all reports that are available on the complaint against the teacher, the commission may retire the teacher on those grounds.
• To support a teacher’s retirement on grounds of public interest, a complaint or report must show that the teacher committed acts or omitted to do things that were against the public interest and public policy as described in:
the Constitution or any other written law;
ii. A ruling rendered by an appropriate court of law; or government practice, regulation, and policy, or
iii. According to this regulation, a teacher who retires for reasons of the public interest is eligible for a pension in line with the pensions legislation.
The government will provide the following benefits to teachers after they retire.
• Pension: Paid by the Director of Pensions at the National Treasury under the Pensions Act, Cap. 189.
The Widow and Children Pension Scheme (WCPS) is funded by the Director of Pensions and is governed by the WCPS Act.