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TSC sacks 10,000 relief teachers hired during recent strike

By Augustine Oduor | January 4th 2016

Nairobi: Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has terminated the services of the 10,000 relief teachers recruited last year.

An internal Memo signed by the acting director teacher management Mary Rotich says the services of the teachers have ended.

“This is to advise you that the relief teachers engaged should not continue their services after the expiry of the three months contract,” said Ms Rotich.

The statement dated December 30, is directed to all the TSC County Directors.

The Standard had last week reported that the TSC will not extend the terms of the relief teachers as their term drew to a close.

It also emerged that some of the relief teachers who were recruited after teachers unions obtained a court order suspending the exercise shall not be paid.

Sources at the TSC said ‘there are no plans as of now’ to continue holding the teachers.

“There is no plan as for now to keep them on the payroll,” said an inside source familiar with the details.

TSC advertised, on September 29, to recruit some 70,000-relief teachers for a period of three months.

50,000 of these were to be hired to teach in primary schools while the other 20,000 were for post primary schools.

TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia called for applications at a time when the two teachers unions led their members in a nationwide strike that lasted five week.

The revelation that the terms shall not be extended comes even as Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) asked TSC to convert the relief teachers into permanent and pensionable staff.

“We have always warned teachers that TSC never had any plans for them other than using them to frustrate our strike. Where was the money they were to use to hire them?” said Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion.

Kuppet secretary general Akelo Misori said he has received text messages from some of the teachers warning of an impending end of contract.

“We are no longer trusting the employer because on one hand they pretend to care for the teacher and on the other they back stab their employees,” he said.

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