Ruto unveils manifesto, says he’ll pay for TPD and delocalized teachers

Ruto unveils manifesto, says he'll pay for TPD and delocalized teachers

The Deputy President and Kenya Kwanza Presidential flagbearer, Dr William Ruto, has unvelied his manifesto for Kenyans.

During his manifesto launch at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi, yesterday, Ruto said his government will pay for the controversial teacher training programme popularly known as TPD.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) launched Teacher Professional Development (TPD) last year in July.

Teachers will attend the training this July with the government promising to pay for the training.

Ruto further said he will stop teachers being forced to work outside their home counties.

Currently the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has a plan to post and transfer teachers to work in counties away from their homes.

The DP said delocalization of teachers will be done at will with allocation of hardship allowance to teachers who will take part in it.

According to TSC latest policy, teachers working in North Eastern region are required to have completed at least three years before they are transferred back to their home counties.

Teachers in other regions are required to work for at least five years before they are considered for transfer to their homes.

“The teacher must have served in a station for a period of not less than three years and five years for North Eastern and other areas respectively since first appointment; unless otherwise authorized by the Commission’s Secretary,” read the new guidelines in part.

However when Ruto takes power only those willing will be delocalized. Again those who will be delocalized will be paid for it.

This is a relief for thousands of teachers who are seeking transfer back home. Most teachers have opposed delocalization saying its expensive and tearing their families apart.

Some teachers also say they are treated as aliens in their delocalized counties. The Commission has relaxed the transfer rules for these teachers after a lot of complains.

Ruto has also promised to hire all the unemployed teachers within two years. He said his government will employ 50% of them during the first year and the remaining 50% in the following year.

The DP further promised to connect all learning institutions, which include primary and secondary schools, in the country with free internet.

Ruto also promised to complete TVET institutions in the remaining 250 wards.

Ruto also said he will introduce free feeding programme in all public schools if elected.

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