Over 3,800 diploma teachers in secondary schools will fight it out for 1,000 promotions advertised by their employer. It will be a desirable relief for many teachers who have stagnated in their job groups for about half a decade compared to their counterparts with university degrees.
Teachers Service Commission (TSC) circular to the Director of Staffing Rita Wahome reveals that the interviews are set for next week. “The interviews will be conducted from May 24 to May 28, she said.
The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) secretary-General Akelo Misori said, unlike degree holders, diploma teachers join the service under Job Group C1 (T scale 6), earlier referred to as Job J.
Degree holders join the service under Job Group C2 (T-scale 7), previously known as Job Group K.
The commission began moving diploma teachers to Job Group C2 under the career progression guidelines (CPG) outlined in the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
“For them to be promoted to Job Group C.3 (T-scale S). they must go through an interview process,” said Mr Misori.
The previous CBAs relied on Schemes of service which led to the stagnation of diploma teachers in one job group for 3 to 6 years
“The guidelines subjected them to work in their entry position for three years before promotion, but the current progression guidelines require them to go through an interview to be to the next group,” he said.
TSC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Nancy Macharia stated that the guidelines consider performance and hard work. The commission is currently implementing the last phase Of the 2017-2021 CBA, which expires on June 30.
The commission was set was to conduct the promotions in July 2020, but interviews were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic that paralyzed learning nationwide.
The interviews were again rescheduled last month to allow the administration and marking of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations.
Teachers who will attend the interviews must carry their certificates of registration and good conduct, clearance applications by the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), and from a credit reference bureau (CRB).
They must also have a Kenya Revenue Authority Tax compliance certificate. A fortnight ago, 16,152 teachers who had been interviewed between December last year and February were promoted by TSC. They filled the positions of Of lecturer 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 D1).
There were also curriculum support officers (T-scale 10- C5). Others were headteachers (T-scale 10, C5), senior master IV CT-scale 9C4), deputy headteachers II (T-scale 9, C4), senior lecturer IV (T-scale 9-C4), and teachers in senior master I (T-scale 9- C4) job groups.