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TSC promotes over 16,000 teachers after interviews

EDUCATION
By Augustine Oduor | May 7th 2021

TSC boss Nancy Macharia says the promotion was part of the package under the Sh54 billion Collective Bargaining Agreement of July 2017. [File, Standard]

Some 16,152 teachers have been promoted after successfully going through interviews conducted in December last year and February 2021.

In a statement dated May 7, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Nancy Macharia said the promotion was part of the package under the Sh54 billion Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) which lapses next month.

“The interviews were part of the last phase of the CBA that has been implemented since July 1, 2017,” said Dr Macharia.

Those who have benefited are some 1, 341 Deputy Principals I under Job Group D3 and another 1, 096 Deputy Principals II under job group D2.

Also filled up after the interviews are some 39 Senior Lecturers I, who fall under job group D2.

Also benefiting from the promotions are 1, 590 Deputy principal III who fall under job group D1, 209 Curriculum Support Officers and 2, 111 headteachers under job group C5.

The majority however are Senior Master IV who fall under group C4, with 6, 680 beneficiaries.

Also filled up in the promotions are 1, 756 positions of Deputy Head Teacher II.

Some 45 Senior lecturers and 350 Senior Master IV all of job group C4 have also benefited.

Also filled after the promotions are headteachers and deputy headteacher II and Secondary Teacher I for teachers serving Career Progression Guidelines (CPGs).

Also filed are positions of Secondary Teacher I&II, Senior Master, Deputy Principal, Primary Teacher I, Senior Teacher, Deputy Headteacher and Headteachers for those serving under CPGs in ASAL areas.

“Letters on the outcome of the interviews are being sent to all teachers who were interviewed,” said Dr Macharia.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary-General Akello Misori said the union welcomes the promotion of the teachers.

“Some of whom have stagnated in the same Job Groups for over ten years. This is only the start because there are over 100,000 teachers who deserve promotions,” said Misori.

In particular, Misori urges the TSC to conduct interviews for promotion from C3 to C4 before the current CBA expires.

The promotions advert of these teachers which appeared in December last year sparked off a major scramble for the slots amid fears it would not benefit members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).

This is because Knut has been opposed the criteria which TSC said would be used to promote teachers to the new grades.

TSC said the promotions will be based on career progression guidelines (CPG) that had been subject of contention between the employer and Knut.

Knut’s opposition to the CPG has seen thousands of teachers quit the union to benefit from the lucrative Sh54bilion CBA.

It was not immediately clear if Knut teachers benefited from the promotions.

This is after TSC maintained that the court ruling on CPG meant that Knut members, who are opposed to the criteria were not legible to benefit from the CBA gains.

The move by TSC to peg promotions on CPG was a major blow to Knut and its members who also needed to benefit from upwards mobility which most teachers had waited for many years.

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