Court has stopped the transfer of some 4,000 teachers from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) payroll to Public Service Commission (PSC).
Employment and Labour Relations Court judge Onesmus Makau issued orders Wednesday to stop the process until the case is heard and determined. “Conservatory orders be and is hereby granted barring the respondents from transferring services of petitioners from TSC to PSC or removing petitioners from TSC payroll until notice of motion filed is heard on October 1, 2018,” reads the order. The transfer started in July 1, 2018. The orders were issued after five teachers moved to court challenging the transfer. State Department of Vocational and Technical Training Principal Secretary Kevit Desai has been pushing to have the teachers moved to PSC as the Government creates a new service scheme for technical institutions.
In his argument, Desai said that the competency-based training would attract trainers from the private sector to give the right balance and flexibility. Ministry argues that TSC recruitment criteria locks out potential trainers. If Ministry gets its way, all trainers currently teaching in vocational and technical training institutions would no longer be recruited by TSC.