The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will send packing a total of 1,025 school heads whose two year contracts will end in July.
The Commission had employed a total of 1,594 headteachers and principals on contract in the year 2020 after they had attained the mandatory retirement age.
The Commission CEO Dr Nancy Macharia said the school heads will be released to allow fresh recruitment to take place.
However questioned arise after TSC retained 569 school heads and extended their contract till December 2022.
Appearing before Parliament to defend the move to employ the administrators on contract, Macharia stated that it was impossible for TSC to conduct interviews and manage the transition of the heads of institutions in the middle of the pandemic considering the tight Covid-19 prevention protocols that had been put in place.
Macharia said that TSC is not bound by the provisions of the Public Service Commission Act and being an independent Commission, the terms and conditions of service for TSC employees are guided by the Constitution, the TSC Act, the Employment Act and the Code of Regulations for Teachers (CORT).
She no funding will be required for their post retirement remuneration since the teachers have not been replaced and that they will be paid pension up-to the date of compulsory retirement and service gratuity for the contract period.
However Macharia a fresh recruitment will be done to replace the school heads whose contract will end in July.
TSC recruited primary school headteachers, secondary school principals and principals of teacher training colleges on contract after their retirement in the year 2020.
In September last year TSC advertised mass recruitment of school administrators for primary and secondary schools and teacher training colleges as well as field officers.
They included Principal, Deputy Principal II and III, Curriculum Support Officer I and II, Senior Lecture I and II, Senior Master II, III and IV, Secondary Teacher I and II, Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher I and II, Senior Teacher I and II, Primary Teacher I.
Applicants were required to upload the following documents during applications;
a) Letter of appointment to the current grade
b) Letter of appointment to the current responsibility
c) Certificate of good conduct from Directorate of Criminal Investigations
d) Clearance certificate by Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
e) Clearance application from Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission
f) Clearance certificate from a Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)
g) Tax compliance certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)