The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has started mass approval of teacher transfers as it plans to re-route delocalized teachers before schools reopen next term.
Details from the Commission headquarters show that both regional and inter-regional transfer requests are effected to allow transfers in December and early January.
At regional level teachers are moved from one county to another county within same region. TSC Regional Directors are in charge of such transfers.
TSC transfer boards at national level are responsible for approving transfers for those teachers seeking to be moved to counties outside their stationed region.
Around 26,871 teachers are seeking to be transferred back to their home counties. The teachers were unsuccessful in the previous mass transfers due to lack of suitable placements.
As of June 30, some 46,926 primary and secondary school teachers had requested to be transferred back to their home counties, but only 20,055 were transferred back.
The commission transfer policy ensures 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.
Before a teacher is transferred TSC ensures that there are suitable vacancies, replacements and a balance of staff before the transfer is approved.
Education CS Mr Ezekiel Machogu when he appeared in Parliament noted that TSC, in the exercise of its mandate to transfer and post teachers, it has “to ensure equitable distribution and optimal utilisation of teachers in all public basic education institutions to ensure that learners throughout the country have access to quality education as required by Article 43 of the Constitution.”
“Teachers who wish to be considered for transfer from one institution to another must submit a request. The transfer of teachers from one institution to another will be guided by the need for equitable distribution and optimum utilisation of teachers,” the CS said.
Other transfer criteria include the availability of vacancies in the proposed station, the need for replacement, existing staffing norms, medical reasons or other reasons that the TSC may consider.
Delocalized teachers can check the online TSC transfer application portal on the status of their applied transfers.
Successful teachers will have to visit their TSC County offices to pick their transfer letters and report to their new station in January.
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.
TSC interdicted 129 non-local teachers working in the counties of North Eastern region (Garissa, Mandera and Wajir) and working transfer to other regions.
The teachers were issued with interdiction letters after they failed to report back to their stations when TSC asked them to. There case are set for hearing in December.
TSC had introduced delocalisation-in which teachers were transferred to schools outside their place of origin-to promote national cohesion and integration, prevent conflict of interest in the management of schools and address teacher shortages in some parts of the country.