TSC calls crisis talks on transfers, appraisals
SEE ALSO :MPs want prompt funding for TVETKnut has listed delocalisation, performance tools, promotions, reinstatement of schemes of service and proposed compulsory career development training for teachers as points of dispute. “These are the irreducible minimums. If they tell us now that they have worked on these ones, we shall not even need meetings like the ones they have called. The strike will be put off immediately,” said Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion. "We have five key issues for which we sought a meeting with TSC. It is our expectation that they will grant us a hearing and strongly consider for smooth industrial relations in the education sector," said Kuppet Secretary General Akelo Misori. Mass transfers To try and bridge the gulf, The Standard yesterday established that TSC had reached out to representatives of secondary school heads, who are the most affected by the mass transfers.
SEE ALSO :Hopefully I will go into remission soonCommission CEO Nancy Macharia will today meet select officials of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) ahead of the Friday meeting. Officials of both Kessha and the Kenya Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) are scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss performance appraisals and mass transfers. The talks were prompted by President Uhuru Kenyatta's recent directive to review the delocalisation policy by the end of the month to ensure that it did not split families. Pressure has been mounting on TSC to forestall the strike that is likely to disrupt the national examinations calendar. Only Kessha national chairman Kahi Indimuli, the treasurer and the national secretary will attend today’s consultative meeting scheduled to kick off at the TSChead office at 10am.
SEE ALSO :TSC needs 36,804 tutors to fulfill planA senior manager at TSC said the meeting of the three Kessha officials and TSC would lay the groundwork for the Friday meeting that will involve more Kessha and Kepsha officials. Secondary school heads were the most affected by the delocalisation policy that began on January 1, 2018. The TSC said transfers that targeted heads who had stayed in the same station for nine years were meant to promote national integration. More than 600 school principals, their deputies and a number of primary school heads were transferred to new stations in a process that also affected some national schools. Overall, about 40 principals of national schools were moved to new destinations. Some 156 teachers were also moved in extra-county schools, with eight principals posted to national schools that were operating without substantive school heads.
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