Primary school Headteachers and Secondary school Principals and their deputies are in Teachers Service Commission (TSC) top priority list for relocalization which start in January next year.
A total of 6,078 school heads and deputies who were delocalized from the year 2018 when the delocalization policy first touched them will be re-routed back home.
Both Knut and Kuppet officials asked all delocalized teachers wanting to be transferred near home to apply online and submit their details to them.
Kuppet Secretary General, Akello Misori, has given members two months to apply for delocalisation.
He 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.
According to the agreement between TSC, Knut and Kuppet all delocalized teachers seeking transfers back home will be taken back starting January 2023.
Knut already issued a circular asking delocalized teachers to submit a number of details to their area BEC’s or other Knut officials near them.
The teachers were asked to submit their; Names, TSC number, Designation, Current County, Current Sub County, Current School, County one wish to be transferred, Home Sub County and Phone number.
Knut secretary general, Collins Oyuu, says they have received a number of teachers who are seeking to be transferred back home.
He said the compiling of the list of teachers requesting transfers is still ongoing in all the 110 Knut branches. Oyuu said he will follow up to make sure the teachers are assisted.
‘‘Several of our members, not many, have already submitted their applications for consideration to have themselves assisted. We still have a data of others who availed the required information and are yet to be re-routed due to logistical issues at personal level,’’ said Oyuu.
‘‘We are also cognisant of the fact that several of our other members have submitted applications online. We trust that with close follow-up with TSC, which we shall do, we shall have all of them assisted.’’
Mr Oyuu said the union expects to have an input in future policies that affect its members.
‘‘Knut must be given its right place at the table of planning, formation and implementation of policies that affect our members. If we had sat with TSC about delocalisation, it would not have gone to this extent,’’ he said.
The current policy requires a delocalized teacher to have completed at least three years in North Eastern region and at least five years in other regions to be considered for transfer.
Besides the teacher must also have a partner to swap with. This makes the transfer difficult as most times teachers fumble to get the perfect partner to replace with.
However TSC is now expected to issue a new policy to guide teacher deployment and recruitment following a motion by Parliament which quashed the current policy.
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 in future if TSC is to transfer or post a new teacher then they should be moved to a school within their zone.