Teachers Service Commission (TSC) officials have asked deocalized teachers to visit their TSC County Directors offices to check on the available transfer letters.
The Commission has dispatched transfer letters for teachers whose status was acknowledged online.
TSC Regional Directors acted on most transfer request for delocalized teachers in the regions.
A number of teachers have confirmed to have received the transfer letters which they picked from their TSC County offices.
The Commission officials had earlier said most transfers were approved especially for teachers who had their transfers acknowledged.
TSC had indicated that it will effect transfer requests for 21,544 delocalized teachers before schools reopen.
The Commissions’ plan was to approve the regional and inter regional transfer requests and release the letters early in May.
During the last transfer approvals most teachers who applied for transfers out of their regions were not considered.
The Commission is under pressure to re-route delocalized teachers back home. While appearing before the Senate TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia said that mechanisms have been put in place to transfer the teachers back to their regions easily.
This means factors that initially barred teachers from being transferred like five year rule, or presence of suitable replacement will no longer be used.
Initially the transfers depended on the availability of vacancies in the station, the need for replacement, existing staffing norms and medical grounds certified by a registered medical practitioner.
However Macharia told the Senate Committee on Education that the transfer of teachers from one institution to another is based on the need for equitable distribution and optimal utilization of teachers.
Last week it emerged that Nairobi City County is the most preferred region by teachers seeking transfers.
In a document submitted to the Senate Committee on Education by TSC, a total of 36,277 teachers applied for transfers between November 1 last year and January 31 this year.
TSC says, of the teachers, 14,733 were matched and approved while 21,544 are pending.
TERMS RELATED TO ONLINE TRANSFER YOU SHOULD KNOW
Pending: This is displayed once the teacher’s application is successfully delivered awaiting remarks from respective supervisors.
Acknowledged: This is displayed if the teacher is eligible for transfer and awaiting the availability of vacancy and or the teacher’s suitable replacement.
Not Approved: This is same as when the teacher’s request is regretted. This is applicable if the teacher has not met conditions set as per the transfer policy for example having not served in the current station for a period of not less than five years since first appointment, lack of suitable replacement or vacancy.
Approved: This is displayed after the transfer committee approves the teachers transfer request. The teachers transfer letter is then issued through the Principal in the case of post primary institutions and through the County Director in the case of primary school.
NOTE When a transfer request is withdrawn it simply means it was not successful or was successful and a new one can now be placed.
The document signed on behalf of Macharia by the Director of Legal, Labour and Industrial Relations Cavin Anyuor, explains that not all teachers applied to be transferred to their home counties.
“Some transfer requests are for transfers other than home counties. As an employer, the commission cannot dictate to a teacher to apply to be transferred to a particular county. Similarly, the commission cannot decline a transfer request simply because a teacher hasn’t applied to be taken to his home county,” the document reads in part.
The teachers’ employer also warned against what she termed as the misinterpretation of the reversal of the delocalization policy to mean that teachers must now not only teach in their home counties but also in their villages.
According to TSC, if the commission was to move every teacher to their home counties, regions that have not produced enough of their own as teachers will suffer from under-staffing
“….Those that have excess teachers would be overstaffed, leading to wastage of resources,” TSC said, adding that Arid and semi-arid areas as well as the hard-to-staff areas would mostly be the victims.
TSC also held that the commission must first ensure that the station a teacher is leaving has a suitable replacement and that there is a vacancy in the preferred station before effecting a transfer request.
TSC is implementing the delocalisation policy following the government’s move to post teachers to their home counties.
Data submitted to the Senate by the commission also revealed that most teachers prefer to work in Nairobi City County.
During the period, 1,885 teachers applied to be transferred to the capital city while 76 requested to be transferred out of Nairobi.
Some 41 requests out of 1,162 to primary schools and four to secondary schools out of 723 were approved by TSC by end of January.
During the same period, 45 primary school teachers left the capital while only one secondary school teacher left.
Bungoma county received the highest number of transfer requests by primary school teachers who wanted to move in at 1,336 teachers.
The number of those who wanted to be transferred out of Bungoma County stood at 1,074 teachers.
Mombasa County is also a favourite among secondary school teachers, with 340 applying to move to the Coastal City against 55 who asked to be moved out.
Kajiado County also emerged as one of the most preferred counties after receiving 237 transfer requests for teachers in secondary schools against 94 who requested to be transferred out of the county.
For primary school teachers, 486 applied to work in the county against 434 who asked to be taken elsewhere.
However caution was issued against delocalized teachers who transfer without being officially released by the Head of Institution (HOI), Sub County Director (SCD) and the County Director (CD).
I am just feeling like crying😭.
My transfer had been acknowledged then when I applied for jss and clearly indicated my preferred county and subcounty, I was taken back to the same county where I desperately want to leave on medical ground.
I strongly believe that TSC officials did it deliberately because of how they are used to harassing teachers.
May God is n Heaven hear my plea and make a way where there seems to be no way🙏.
I am really down and I am struggling to teach.
Being delocalised for the last 6 years and nobody is listening surely…..on medical ground and having all the evidence needed?????
Kindly am in kilifi county looking for a swap to tharaka nithi county anyone interested
My case is also the same as the one above here.
My transfer reads pending kwa status and you have a transfer request currently in progress kwa remarks,since December, what does it imply?
Same case ..am even out of words…..may God intervene
It’s good to consider teacher’s transfer requests. I have been applying for a transfer to Nairobi county but I don’t know what’s wrong coz this is my 7th year at Makueni county. My family and children have suffered psychologically, socially and I feel like ending my life. Why does the TSC have deaf ears to teachers????? We are suffering and I personally nimefika mwisho. I applied the last transfer on 18th August 2022 and no one care about it. It’s acknowledged.
I kindly request TSC to consider my transfer from makueni, Mukaa subcounty to Kajiado West subcounty magadi zone, cause of many domestic issues lam done and l have more than five years now
The regional director informed me that I needed to be accompanied by the teacher am swapping with to the TSC head office,which we did.We were told that our letters should be out by the first week of the 2nd term.Its now ending and no sign of a letter.Which are these letters that are being collected because I inquired from the county directors office and informed that there was no letter for me.
I applied for a transfer on 15/10/2022 and upto now have not received . what could have been the problem
From Makueni Mukaa sub county currently working in Gilgil Sub county Nakuru county. Anybody interested in swapping please contact me, 0720350014