Machogu To Scrap TSC’s Delocalization Policy, Replace it With ‘Nationalization’
Education docket cabinet nominee Ezekiel Machogu has promised to scrap the Teachers Service Commission’s (TSC) delocalization policy.
Machogu says he will replace it with a new plan called nationalization, which will encourage teachers to work in hard-hit areas on their own initiative.
Many teachers who have been forced to work away from their families have been chastised by delocalization.
Machogu says delocalization does not put teachers’ circumstances into account but nationalization will.
“We will not do what is being done under delocalization,” Machogu stated.
If a teacher is worth keeping in a particular location, he says his docket will provide incentives for them to do so.
“This will be my first assignment to implement nationalization. Under delocalization, they did not consider teachers’ circumstances. Under the new plan, where we find a teacher worth to remain in a given place, there shall be incentives for them to remain there. We shall not do what is being being done under delocalization,” said Machogu.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) have been opposing the delocalization exercise and believe it should be carried out in a humane manner.
According to TSC boss Nancy Macharia, the transfer is intended to provide classroom teachers with a new working environment while also utilizing their vast experience.
She stated that this help to reduce ethnicity, which she describes as a “cancer” in the country because teachers shape the country’s future.
“Delocalisation is simply a transfer; we want to ensure that teachers do not teach in their locality for their entire teaching life but are exposed to other cultures,” Dr. Macharia said.
The TSC delocalization has always been a source of contention between the teachers’ employer and the teachers’ unions, which saw emotional politician Wilson Sossion quit KNUT.