4600 Teachers Exit TSC Payroll Through Retirement
4600 Teachers Exit TSC Payroll Through Retirement. When they attain the mandatory retirement age, teachers will resign from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). Recently 4600 teachers are expected to exit the payroll through retirement.
Of them, 1,538 are school administrators, whose retirement will probably make running schools more challenging.
However, the Commission stated that teachers in the northeastern region would be able to continue working after attaining retirement age.
The Commission had issued invitations to teachers who had reached the required 60-year retirement age in May.
TSC was forced to engage the instructors on a contract basis after being overwhelmed by a sizeable number of teachers from the counties of Garissa, Wajir, and Mandera quitting the payroll.
In a press release dated May 18, 2023, TSC CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia stated that “this mass retirement will result in a dire situation of teacher shortage in the region, which have been experiencing shortage as a result of the recent exodus of non-local teachers.”
The Commission will engage retired educators from the region on a three-year contract basis as payment, and after they reach the legal retirement age, it will extend the retirement period for educators by an additional three years.
All retired teachers from other parts of the nation who could be willing to serve in the North Eastern region are allegedly included in this. For the purpose of gathering data and potential deployment, they are directed to report to the County Directors of the aforementioned counties.
TSC has about 14,000 vacancies listed in order to fill the huge gap in school administration.
TSC initially released a notice for 14,738 teacher promotions in December 2022 before taking it down.
Thereafter, requests for additional applications were made in January, March, and most recently, May of this year.
Attrition naturally produced the openings. In the current budget (2023–2024), TSC has been allotted Sh1.1 billion to use for teacher promotions across various cadres.
The Commission is now busy preparing promotion letters for senior deputies and selected interviewees.
The majority of the promotion letters that will be delivered the next week are already with the TSC County and Sub County Directors.
In a third advertising published in May, the employer of the teachers invited applications from educators for positions in senior school administration.
TSC Chief Executive Dr. Nancy Macharia said that the organization had not been successful in filling the positions in the previous two advertisements by attracting the right individuals, which led to the creation of the May ad.
The first and second calls for applications were released in January and March of this year, respectively.
A rush for the top posts is expected to result from the advantages of having them.
TSC’s May advertising, however, pleaded for qualified teachers to fill around 1,001 jobs within the next week.
They included 8 principals and 6 deputy principals in Special Needs Education (SNE) schools, as well as 987 deputy head teachers in traditional primary schools.
Dr. Macharia extended the application window until June 15 to allow teachers who were interested to apply.
The Commission, according to Dr. Macharia, “works to ensure that teachers are promoted as a means of recognising and rewarding teachers’ effort and performance, aligning them for succession planning and career advancement, and motivating them to perform better in their duties and responsibilities.”
TSC advertised for promotion jobs in January of this year, and 14,738 instructors were promoted as a result to fill openings in educational facilities and other places where teachers were temporarily employed.
TSC asserted that despite numerous requests to fill the positions, hundreds of schools are still operating without heads of institutions and deputy heads of institutions due to teachers failing to apply for positions that were posted.
“The Commission also has a responsibility to provide Institutional Administrators for public educational institutions,” continued Dr. Macharia, “in order to effectively manage public schools.”
Public schools for students with special needs and disabilities are among the institutions that are impacted.
The employer of teachers advertised positions for Chief Principals, Principals, Deputy Principals, Deputy Principals, Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teachers, Senior Masters, and Senior Teachers.
There were eight principals, fifteen deputy principals, and four instructors acting as head principals in SNE schools.
The TSC wanted 7,720 deputy head teachers to take over in regular elementary schools, bringing the total to 7,747 teachers.
However, there are still 2,592 unfilled posts after only 5,155 teaching positions were filled.
Only one teacher has as far applied to be the chief principle, claims Dr. Macharia. While 5,152 deputy head teachers have been hired in traditional primary schools, only two teachers have applied to be deputy principals in SNE schools.
TSC re-advertised all of the vacancies two months later, with the exception of the four primary roles.
A total of 1,591 applications were submitted to the commission, including 3 for deputy principal posts and 7 for principle jobs, both in SNE schools.
A total of 1,581 teachers applied for positions as deputy head teachers at regular primary schools.