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Operations at TSC threatened as officers’ tenures finally lapse

By By AUGUSTINE ODUOR
Updated Thursday, June 13th 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By AUGUSTINE ODUOR

Kenya: Critical functions of the Teachers Service Commission will be suspended from tomorrow when the terms of all but one commissioner come to an end.

Only former Nairobi School principal Cleopas Tirop, who was sworn in by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga last month, will remain in office at the Commission, which administers the 278,000-strong teaching workforce in public primary and secondary schools countrywide.

The departures mean, among other things, that the legality of the TSC can be challenged in court.

The Constitution requires independent commissions to comprise no less than three commissioners and no more than nine.

On the exit list are commissioners David Kuno, Rose Mogoi Sereti, Meshack Llanziva, Monica Kilonzo and Lucy Njeru. They will vacate their offices by June 14, TSC Secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni confirmed.

The impending crisis comes at a time when Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) is planning a nationwide strike after the House failed to factor in Sh50 billion to promote teachers and settle pending allowances.

Knut has summoned its National Executive Council to make a “major decision” if MPs fails to include funds to cater for their interests.

Lack of quorum

The exit of the officers means that discipline cases and promotions will not be conducted for lack of quorum as it is the responsibility of these commissioners to conduct interviews.

Policy formulations, approval of internal appointments and audited documents among other oversight roles played by the commissioners will also be suspended.

A court ruling barred the appointment of two commissioners and the chairperson after a Mr Abdi Sitar Yusuf moved to court to challenge the entire appointment procedure.

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