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TSC Rolls Out The Online Leave Module

TSC Rolls Out The Online Leave Module

In accordance with the Commission’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, the Teachers Service Commission has automated the leave application and approval process.

In a circular, CEO Dr Nancy Macharia stated that beginning December 1, 2021, all teachers and interns will be required to apply for leave online.

There will be no manual application in the future, and teachers are advised to seek assistance from the Commission’s ICT field officers.

“The commission has automated leave application and approval process. All teachers are expected to apply for leave online starting December 1.” The notice reads.

The commission provided a link to the portal, where teachers must enter their TSC number, ID number, and mobile phone number.

They will then be given a code that will allow them to access the portal and apply for leave.

A number of teachers have applauded the commission’s digitization efforts.

They have, however, requested that the ICT department provide prompt feedback in order for the portal to operate smoothly.

After transfers, wealth declaration, and job applications, this is the TSC’s most recent automated process.

According to TSC, this move is part of the commission’s strategic plan from 2019 to 2023, which aims to improve service delivery to all employees.

Teachers, like other Civil Service employees, are entitled to a number of vacation days. Annual, Maternity, Paternity, Compassionate, and Sick leaves are among them.

After signing a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with teachers unions, TSC made changes to some leaves beginning in July 2021.

The CBA, which is in effect from July 2021 to July 2025, increased maternity leave from 90 to 120 days and paternity leave from 14 to 21 days.

Teachers who have difficulty applying for leaves, on the other hand, have been advised to seek the assistance of Commissions In field officers.

The manual application will not be accepted, according to TSC.

Types of leaves for TSC employed teachers in Kenya

Teachers, like all other government employees, are entitled to leave. 

They are usually approved by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) through one of its agents or the head of the institution. You can apply for one if you have a pressing matter. 

However, you must first determine the type of leave you require. As a result, knowing the different types of leaves for teachers will make the entire process easier.

Each academic year, the TSC allows its employees at least one leave day. Teachers are usually required to apply for the leaves through an official communication, most often in writing.

Some, however, do not require authorization because they are automatic, such as those taken on public holidays.

TSC states that teachers are entitled to six types of leaves, which are as follows:

Annual leave 

Every TCS registered teacher is entitled to a maximum of 42 days of annual leave per year. They are guaranteed full pay while on leave.

Notably, teachers in Kenya should take their annual leave during the school holidays. 

Maternity & paternity leave

There are two separate leaves for male and female teachers. Maternity leave is available to female expectant teachers. They may be given a period of 90 calendar days from the date of delivery. 

It is best to apply one month before the date of confinement. The maternity leave form for teachers is available online.

Paternity leave is given to male teachers whose partners are confined. The maximum number of days off duty that can be taken is ten.

To apply, write to the DCE/MEO/DEO via the institution’s head. When applying, you must provide supporting documentation.

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If a person decides to leave before a formal release or approval, they may face punishment from TSC. Remember that this leave has no bearing on the annual holiday.

TSC compassionate leave

Compassionate leave is available to all teachers. It is used when a TSC teacher’s immediate family member dies.

It can also be used if a dependent suffers from a life-threatening illness or injury. The maximum number of days off duty that can be taken is 15.

Study leave 

Study leave is for teachers who want to further their education. Its approval may depend on a number of factors.

To qualify, one must first have taught for at least five years. Second, one must have a proven track record of good performance. 

Finally, this leave of absence is only available to those pursuing a post-graduate diploma or degree. Unlike other teacher leaves, the application process for this one is a little different. 

In addition, one’s application should be accompanied by an admission letter.

Teachers who are granted study leave with pay will be bonded to work for the commission as follows:

  1. For courses lasting six months but less than one year will be bonded for a period of one year.
  2. For courses lasting less than two years will be bonded for two year.
  3. Those attending courses lasting two years or more will be bonded for three years.

Where a teacher under bond obligation chooses to terminate his/her service, he/she will be required to pay in full the total cost of training, the salaries and allowances paid to him/her while on study leave.

Self-sponsored teachers will be required to repay an amount equivalent to the salaries and allowances paid to them while on study leave.

The bond will not be applicable to those who have proceeded on unpaid study leave.

Special leave 

Teachers can take advantage of TSC special leave to attend seminars, conferences, and meetings.

If the events are brief and directly related to the advancement of a teacher’s career, the commission will pay them as usual.

Those who are required to be absent from work, on the other hand, are granted a paid holiday.

In either case, the application should be made in advance through the institution’s head. When it comes to approval, attaching relevant documents is a good thing.

Leave to spouses of diplomats

Leave for diplomats’ spouses applies to teachers who are married to diplomats.

When a teacher’s spouse is assigned outside of the country, the commission may grant them unpaid time off. 

It is required to submit the application one month before the end of your spouse’s assignment for posting. 

Sick Leave

Finally, in Kenya, sick leave is granted to teachers who become ill while on duty. 

A teacher should apply to TSC 48 hours after leaving the hospital as an out-patient. On the other hand, if admitted as an in-patient, one must apply within seven days. 

When a teacher is suffering from a serious illness, the headteacher or principal may request permission from the commission.

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We hope you now have a better understanding of the various types of leaves available to Kenyan teachers.

In total, each teacher is entitled to at least once per calendar year. 

TSC Rolls Out The Online Leave Module


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