Nancy Macharia has been reappointed to head Teachers Service Commission for another term. The position at Teachers Service Commission had been led by Mr Gabriel Lengoiboni for 11 years where Nancy Macharia later took over.
Macharia's re-appointment has been recieved with mixed reactions with many opinions aired regarding her previous term performance at the commission.
Ms Macharia will be heading the secretariat and the accounting of the commission. She will be the executor of the commission's decision.
She will be charged with the responsibility of ensuring swift coordination and accomplishment of the commission's mandate.
Law Society of Kenya through it's president Mr. Nelson Havi had wrote to the Attorney-General expressing its disappointment in the reappointment of Macharia without subjecting the vacancy to a competitive procedure as outlined in law.
One of her greatest criticism is drawn from her claimed tireless efforts to destablelise teachers’ unions through her divide-and-rule policy. She has been mainly accused of favoring Kuppet while side-lining the Knut in most of her dealings.
In what was seen as war between KNUT and TSC last year, Macharia's commission de-registered Knut leader, SG Wilson Sossion as a teacher and went further to notify the giant union of its plan to end their over 50 year old agreement of recognition.
Ms Macharia’s previous term was also marked with a great failure to sort out the country’s teacher shortage despite more than 309,000 registered teachers being jobless in the country.
However we cannot rule out her greatest achievements in the previous term of her leadership at the commission. She headed the Sh54 billion CBA deal that saw teachers’ salaries increased with the last phase of implementation being witnessed this month.
The 2016 CBAdeal greatly reduced perennial strikes that was rampant before. It was in her first month of her term that she spearheded a multibillion shilling medical insurance scheme for teachers that has now seen more than 1 million teachers and their spouses and children benefit from the scheme.
CEO Macharia introduced contracts of performance and Career Progression Guidelines (PCG) in the teaching profession. In what fuelled the disagreement between KNUT and TSC Knut members were left out of the salary increase in 2019, as TSC hid behind a court ruling that is yet to be determined.
It was this decision that led to massive quitting of teachers from Knut to Kuppet as others chose to remain unionless. TSC went further to deny Knut remittance of union dues which led to KNUT's salary greatly reduced.