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Teachers union rejects list of TSC nominees

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Updated Thu, December 27th 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3

Kuppet cites interference, says names of those who were ranked highly in interviews were left out of final list

By Vitalis Kimutai

KENYA: Parliament has been urged to reject a list of nominees for the position of chairman and commissioners at the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) when it is tabled before the House today.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) is claiming irregularities in the appointments, with Head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia allegedly having interfered with the nomination process.

Kimemia will this morning be grilled by the Parliamentary Committee on Education on the matter.

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) national chairman Wilson Sossion and Secretary General Xavier Nyamu have also voiced opposition to the list saying Parliament should reject it. “The fact that candidates who had been ranked fourth, fifth and seventh positions have been picked and forwarded to Parliament for vetting for the position of commissioners is a clear indication how wrong things have gone in this Government,” Kuppet’s Deputy Secretary General Moses Nthurima said.

Mr Nthurima added that the essence of interviewing candidates was to get the best to hold the advertised positions, but not to throw merit out of the window in favour of preferred candidates. “As a union, we have no problem with the individuals who have been shortlisted, but we are merely insisting that due process be followed in appointments,” Nthurima said. Dr Lydia Nzomo, who led in the interviews for the position of TSC chairperson, was not shortlisted for the position.

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Nzomo, from Meru County, scored 80.3 per cent according to the score sheet by the interviewing panel, which The Standard obtained.

Instead, Mr Kiragu wa Magochi from Murang’a County, who came second with 73.3 per cent was picked by the panel, so was Mr Simon Kavisi from Kitui County, who came third with 70.1 per cent and Mr Mbarak Twahir from Mombasa County, who was fourth with 69.3 per cent.

The interviewing panel also skipped those who were ranked one to three in the position of TSC commissioners in what has kicked off a storm in the education sector with stakeholders demanding the list be redrafted.

Mr Fredrick Ochieng, who scored an average of 71.6 per cent out of a possible 100 and was ranked in fourth place, Mr Adan Abdullahi, who scored 70.3 per cent and Mr Kahindi Ziro, who was in the seventh position with 68.6 per cent, were picked by the selection panel for the position of commissioners. Ochieng is from Siaya County, while Abdullahi comes from Garissa County and Ziro is from Kilifi County. Mr Cleopas Tirop, the national chairman of Secondary School Heads Association who is from Uasin Gishu County was ranked first by the panel with 81.4 per cent, but did not make it to the list of nominees.

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