The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has promoted 16,152 teachers interviewed between December 2020 and February 2021. TSC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nancy Machaaria has revealed.
In a press statement on Friday, TSC boss Dr. Nancy Macharia announced that the interviews are part of the last phase of the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
“Letters on the outcome of the interviews are in the process of being sent to all teachers who were interviewed,” said Ms. Macharia.
Among the promoted are teachers who will serve as Deputy Principal 1(T-Scale 13- D3), Deputy Principal II (T-scale 12, D2), Senior Lecturer I (T-scale 12, D2), Deputy Principal III (T-Scale 11-D1), Curriculum Support Officers (T-scale 10-C5), Headteachers (T-scale 10, C5), Senior Master IV( T-scale 9C4), Deputy Head Teachers II (T-scale 9-C4), Senior Lecturer IV (T-scale 9-C4) and teachers in senior Master I (T Scale 9- C4) job groups.
Others promoted include headteachers and deputy headteachers II, Secondary Teacher I and II working under the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG), and those in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL).
The promotions are most likely to result in the mass transfer of the teachers with Mrs. Macharia warning teachers against falling victim to fraudsters purporting to have the powers to influence the result of the interviews.
She stated that TSC will only use the existing official communication channels. The promotions met tough opposition early this year as teachers complained that recruitment guidelines had discriminated against teachers in sub-county and county schools.
To qualify for the promotion that attracted 33,000 teachers, applicants must have served in former job groups for a minimum of 3 years. They were also required to be holders of Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Science or Arts degree plus a graduate diploma in Education.
Masters degree holders were given the advantage of priority during the shortlisting. The commission also required that all applicants have satisfactory ratings in the performance appraisal and performance contracting process.
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary-General Akelo Misori said the career progression guidelines (CPG) and the Teachers Professional Developments applied during interviews put much weight on the status of schools where the applicants serve and schools’ performance.
Career Progression Guidelines (CPG).
The guidelines considered the performance of the schools of the applicants. TSC has been promoting teachers based on CPG and the Teachers Professional Developments since 2017.
In the year 2020, 48,619 teachers in Job groups T-Scale 5 to T-scale were promoted. Another 6, 825 teachers from T-Scale 6 to T- scale7 and a further 5,443 teachers from T-scale 7 to T-scale 8 were also promoted.
The promotion of teachers in line with the CPG has been a primary cause of the fight between TSC and the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion whose deregistration as a teacher by TSC was upheld by a court this week.