The court allows TSC to continue with TPD as the case goes to hearing
The mandatory Teachers Professional Development (TPD) training will continue as the High Court case is heard.
The Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nakuru allowed the withdrawal of a notice of motion seeking interim orders barring the implementation of the government program yesterday.
According to Justice David Nderitu, parties in the case will file their responses to the petition filed by Joseph Karanja, an education consultant.
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Over the program, Mr Karanja has sued the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the Education Cabinet Secretary, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, the Kenya National Union of Teachers, Kenyatta University, Mt Kenya University, Riara University, and the Kenya Education Management Institute.
He wants the training to be halted, claiming that the decision was made in secret and without the participation of teachers who are the primary subjects of the program.
Karanja also claims that TSC violated the Constitution by appointing the institutions listed to offer the program.
However, Justice Nderitu marked Karanja's notice of motion filed on September 27 as withdrawn and directed the parties to proceed with their responses and submissions. The judge ordered TSC, the Ministry, and the universities listed in the petition to respond to the petition within 30 days.
“The respondents shall thereafter file their written submissions within 14 days of service,” Nderitu said, adding no interim orders were sought and or issued.
“For avoidance of doubt, no interim orders have been sought, issued or granted,” said the judge.
The development training, according to TSC, would be used to determine promotions and continued employment.
Teachers must complete five years of in-service professional training before their teaching certificate can be renewed.
Teachers are expected to complete six modules, each lasting five years, as part of the program. They will have to pay Sh6,000 per year for the training.
Kenyatta, Mt Kenya, and Riara universities, as well as the Kenya Education Management Institute, will provide the training.
The case will be discussed on November 29 to confirm compliance and to determine whether it is necessary to highlight the submissions.
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