Teachers Seek Early Retirement Ahead Of TPD Training
Teachers are petitioning the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for early retirement, despite the fact that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) plans to train all registered teachers beginning in December.
A TSC teacher is eligible for a variety of retirement benefits which include voluntary early retirement, compulsory retirement on age Grounds, retirement on the 10/50 year rule, retirement on medical grounds and, retirement in the public interest.
Any teacher over the age of 50 may submit a written application to the commission expressing their desire to retire. The teacher must have served for at least 10 years and be at least 50 years old.
Teachers above 50 years of age may submit a written application to TSC expressing their desire to retire. The teacher must have served for at least 10 years and be at least 50 years old.
A teacher who voluntarily retires from service must also give the commission three months’ notice of his or her intention to retire unless the commission makes an exception.
Teachers, on the other hand, rarely request voluntary early retirement.
TSC’s recent move requiring teachers to return to class appears to be pressuring some tutors to retire early.
TSC invited teachers to register for December Teacher Professional Development (TPD) sessions aimed at improving their teaching skills and boosting CBC (Competency-Based Curriculum) implementation.
According to the Commission, it has a statutory mandate to facilitate TPD under TSC Act 2012 section 11(e).
“Section 35(2)(a) and (b) of the Act, as well as Regulations 48 and 49 of the Code of Regulations for Teachers, state that all teachers are required to participate in professional development courses as prescribed by the Commission from time to time,” according to the TPD framework.
According to the teachers’ employer, each of the 340,000 people on its payroll must take the mandatory professional courses that will help them advance in their careers.
One teacher who wrote to the Commission expressed hope that her request to retire early would be considered and respected.
Dr. Sarah Ruto, the Basic Education Chief Administrative Secretary, recently revealed that only 20,000 teachers have applied for the TPD program, which is set to begin in December.
TSC is facing opposition from teachers, unions including the recently transferred lobby group TPG.
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