Its now official that delocalized teachers will be transferred back to their home counties by January next year.
Teachers are however waiting for the Commission to issue clear guidelines on how the exercise will be done.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is expected to issue new policy guidelines regarding teacher recruitment and deployment after its current one was quashed by Members of National Assembly in Parliament.
The motion fronted by Lurambi MP Titus Khamala was passed in Parliament on November 3.
“Review the teacher recruitment policy to devolve it to zonal level as the point of recruitment,” he said.
This means if TSC is to transfer a teacher then they should be moved to a different school within the zone they work in.
The current transfer policy makes it difficult for delocalized teachers to be transferred back home easily.
The policy requires a delocalized teacher to have completed at least three years in North Eastern region and at least five years in other regions.
Besides that the teacher must also have a partner to swap with. This makes the transfer hectic as many time teachers fumble to get the perfect partner to replace with.
However the Commission now through the teachers unions Knut and Kuppet is speaking volume on the plan to effect transfer requests for delocalized teachers.
TSC will start with some 6,078 school heads who were delocalized from the year 2018. The delocalization for the Headteachers and Principals will be revised unconditionally.
This was revealed by Kuppet officials who said the re-routing process has already started and will continue to be effected for all delocalized teachers.
Kuppet Secretary General, Akello Misori, said as part of agreement with TSC all teachers who had been delocalized to the regions they did not apply for in their transfer requests will be re-routed to their preferred regions of service.
“We advise teachers who were delocalized to apply for transfers to their preferred areas through the TSC portal and this will be acted upon before commencement of the next school term in January 2023 to avoid any other issue arising from teachers about delocaliztion,” said Misori.
Most of the school heads are old and nearing their retirement age. Many of them are aged fifty years and above.
Delocalization of teachers started in January 2017 where newly recruited primary school teachers were posted outside their home counties.
However it is in 2018 where TSC started delocalizing school heads that protests against the exercise began with teachers unions calling for its abolishment.
According to the agreement between TSC, Knut and Kuppet all delocalized teachers seeking transfers back home will be taken back in January next year.
Knut already issued a circular asking delocalized teachers to submit a number of details to their area BEC’s.
The teachers were asked to submit; Names, TSC number, Designation, Current County, Current Sub County, Current School, County one wish to be transferred, Home Sub County and Phone number.
The unions have however received backlash from a section of teachers who say they shouldn’t take credit because they supported the policy when it started and should not pretend to be the ones fighting for delocalized teachers.