New TSC chair says he will retrain teachers, implement existing CBA

New TSC chair says he will retrain teachers, implement existing CBA

Jamleck Muturi, the nominee for Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chair, while appearing before the National Assembly Education Committee said he will improve the quality of teaching through retraining teachers.

Muturi, who was vetted last Thursday also promised to implement teachers’ Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed between TSC and teachers unions in 2017 if the House approves his nomination.

The CBA was scheduled to run for four years and its last phase will be paid in July 2021.

However the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) faulted the CBA saying it favored school administrators and sidelined classroom teachers.

However Muturi said he’ll ensure teachers are well motivated so that they can deliver their best.

“The teacher should be motivated and able to do their mandate,” he said.

Muturi was first appointed to the Department of Water and Natural Resources and later moved to Education, Science and Technology in 2015.

Muturi said just like other professionals such as lawyers, teachers should undergo post-graduate training to improve the quality of service.

“This is important for us to bring dignity back to the teaching profession,” he said.

Muturi holds a Bachelor of Education (Science), a Master in Business Administration, another Master in Science and Agricultural Entomology and a PhD in Agricultural Entomology.

Muturi is currently the Agriculture, Fisheries and Cooperative executive in Embu County.

In Embu he is credited with initiating employment of ECDE teachers, building two classrooms and giving free milk to the pupils.

Muturi has also been a high school teacher and principal at Kavutiri and Moi High School Mbiruri in Embu.

He has been a lecturer at Embu University College, Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi and Meru University College of Science.

The vetting was led by Education Committee chair Florence Mutua and also attended by Nominated MP and Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary general Wilson Sossion.

Sossion sought to know how Muturi will handle the issue of delocalisation of teachers spearheaded by CEO Nancy Macharia and outgoing TSC chair Lydia Nzomo.

“I will engage all parties involved and address the contentious issues,” Muturi responded.

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