TSC is obligated to review its delocalization policy
Without relocating further away from their families, teachers will work in and around their houses.
The Teachers Service Commission was forced to evaluate the delocalization policy as a result of MPs’ demands.
On November 3, the resolution introduced by Lurambi MP Titus Khamala was approved by Parliament.
Khamala had drafted the resolution in an effort to stop the continuous practice of removing teachers from their workstations immediately.
“Review the teacher recruitment policy to devolve it to zonal level as the point of recruitment,” he said.
This means that if TSC wants to transfer a teacher, they should do so to a different school located in the same zone as where they now work.
“The delocalisation of teachers commenced in 2018 by TSC which immensely disrupted teachers’ lives, lowered teacher morale and caused untold trauma to many teachers countrywide,” Khamala said
The legislator requested that TSC reassess the policy in order to bring it into compliance with ILO and Unesco regulations.
According to Khamala, Unesco’s teacher deployment strategy views education as a cultural activity carried out locally in the context of a people’s culture.
The strategy, according to TSC, was created to give tutors a new working environment and address teacher shortages in specific regions.
The “unfair” delocalization of teachers was pledged to stop by President William Ruto.
Ruto claimed that the policy was being applied to penalise non-compliant instructors when introducing the education charter.
“We have a teacher who received his transfer letter while in hospital, another one here was moved from Nairobi to Kitale,” he said.
During the delocalization process, thousands of long-serving principals and school leaders were transferred.
Stakeholders have expressed varying opinions on the subject, with some in favor of the exercise and others against it.
Some of the administrators who have relocated thus far are individuals who work in their home counties.