KUPPET Wants Tvet Tutors Recalled to TSC
The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) requests that the ministry reinstate teachers transferred to the Public Service Commission (PSC).
The Education Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Ezekiel Machogu met with KUPPET Chair Hon. Omboko Milemba, Secretary General Akelo Misori, and other officials.
In 2018, the Education ministry shifted 3,780 TVET teachers from the TSC to the Public Service Commission.
Akello Misori, the secretary general of Kuppet, stated that TSC is the only constitutionally mandated employer of teachers.
Misori stated that TSC should not transfer teacher jobs to another institution.
“We also want you the CS to take back 3,780 teachers, serving in tertiary institutions, from the Public Service Commission to TSC,” he said.
On Tuesday, he spoke during a consultation between the union and education CS Ezekiel Machogu.
Misori requested that Machogu ensure the teachers’ return to work under TSC conditions.
Misori stated, “Following the transfers, the trainers were left out of the fourth phase of CBA increments, and most have stagnated in their previous positions.”
He elaborated on the challenges that the moved teachers faced.
Even though their wages were included in the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 budgets, according to Misori, the teachers were omitted.
“Some who have retired now expect to receive less pension than they deserve under the CBA,” he added.
In July, members of parliament requested that all expenditures associated with the hiring of TVET personnel be removed from the Teachers Service Commission.
According to budget-related policy resolutions, this plan should be implemented prior to the fiscal year 2022-2023.
The policy states, “That the National Treasury transmit funds for administrative costs associated with the ‘Human Resource Management on TVETS’ initiative.”
The legislators requested that the expenditures be moved to the Public Service Commission, which will henceforth be responsible for the cost of employing TVET tutors.
Previously, TSC was responsible for hiring TVET personnel.
CS Machogu pledged to work closely with the teachers union to improve the nation’s educational system.
He complimented the officials for their impact on society and students.
Machogu also urged KUPPET leaders to support and participate in the next national examinations.
The KCPE exam will begin between November 28 and December 1, and the KCSE exam will begin between December 1 and December 23.
A schedule published by the Kenya National Examination Council reveals that candidates would be evaluated in five papers over the course of three days from November 27 to November 30.
The rehearsals will take place on November 25.
On the first day, mathematics and English will be covered, followed on the second day by Integrated Science (Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science, and Physical and Health Education) and Kiswahili.
On the third and final day, candidates will be evaluated in Art and Craft, Music, and Religious Education for Creative Art and Social Studies.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has contracted around 250,000 teachers for November and December exams.
Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) will conduct three national exams—KCPE, KPSEA, and KCSE—to over 3 million students for the first time.
More than 250,000 teachers are preparing for Kenya’s most difficult test season on November 25. TSC provided an early direction to field officers to identify and vet instructors of integrity for the most extensive exercise since independence.
1.2 million applicants will take KCPE, 1.3 million KPSEA, and 800,000 KCSE. Last week, subcounty directors were required to nominate and vet national exam officials.
Macharia said directors should assign one supervisor every 200 candidates. TSC said no supervisor shall be assigned for hosted and KPSEA except for KPSEA-only centres.