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5 new TSC Commissioners to be appointed

The Selection Panel for recruiting 5 board members of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has been asked to identify and recommend the fittest candidate with skills, competencies and aptitude for delivering the commission’s mandate.

The Vice-Chairperson, Public Service Commission (PSC), Charity Kisotu, asked the Selection Panel to abide by public service values and principles as prescribed in Article 232 of the Constitution during the selection exercise.

Kisotu spoke on Tuesday, at the PSC offices, while presiding over the inauguration ceremony of the Selection Panel, appointed by President Kenyatta.

“You are expected to observe high standards of professionalism, afford those who apply for the vacancies a chance to compete fairly, and exercise due care and skill to ensure that the right people get appointed,” said Kisotu.

In a Gazette Notice No. 6205 dated June 25th this year, President Kenyatta appointed the selection panel led by Thomas Koyier. Others are Dr Mary Gaturu (Ministry of Education), Charles Mutinda (Attorney General’s office), Njoki Kahiga (Ministry for Public Service), Margaret Lilan (Geno-Federation of Kenya Employers) and Richard Kibagendi.

Additional members include Dr Hellen Hazel Misenda (Representing the registered Teachers’ Trade Unions), Eva Naputuni Nyoike (Association of Private Schools) and Prof. Stanley Waudo (An educationist).

The Vice-Chairperson also asked the members to pay attention to issues of diversity and inclusivity in the selection process and ensure that the names forwarded to the President at the end of the task reflect Kenya’s diverse communities.

“I urge you to ensure high threshold of integrity, ethical standards and professionalism are met as you embark on this assignment,” she advised.

This comes at a time when the government has invested heavily in improving and transforming the education sector through different programs, such as the Competency-Based Curriculum, a need that requires that the exercise be concluded fast.

The Vice-Chairperson directed the panel to start the recruitment immediately, remarking that a delay in the process could delay the government transformation agenda in the Education Sector and asked members to familiarize themselves with the TSC Act that governs the process.

Kisotu also assured the members of PSC support to enable them to carry out the assignment smoothly within the designated time frame.

“The education sector is the cornerstone of Kenya’s development agenda and holds the key to the success of this great nation of ours,” said Kisotu.

In his remarks, the Principal Administrative Secretary, Cabinet Affairs, Kennedy Kihara, praised the team for doing an immeasurable job previously, thereby, suiting to be appointed again by the President.

“We are guided by the fidelity of the law and thereby you are required to observe the law in the selection process,” said Kihara.

Speaking on behalf of the Panel Chairperson, Koyier assured that the team will carry out their duties following the Constitution without any fear or favour.

Each region of the defunct provinces is represented by one board member bringing a total of 9 commissioners at the TSC.

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