TSC Escape Route That Accorded Unqualified Teachers Higher Salaries & Promotions
TSC Escape Route That Accorded Unqualified Teachers Higher Salaries & Promotions. On May 23, teachers in primary schools discovered a problem with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) grading system that made it possible for inexperienced teachers to be promoted and paid more.
The primary teachers said in a petition to Parliament that the old TSC Directorate of Personnel Management had established a scheme of service in 1996 that required all teachers with A-level academic credentials to submit their names for national promotions.
The petitioners claimed that by participating in a two-week certification program at Kagumo and Bondo Teachers Training Colleges, unqualified A-level instructors attempted to deceive the government.
The Ministry of Education allegedly went on to evaluate and promote the tutors who took part in the two-week training course, thereby disqualifying other qualified A-level teachers who had not attended the course, according to the primary teachers.
In response to complaints from “A” level trained teachers, the petition claimed that “the Ministry then went ahead and promoted untrained “A” level teachers who had attended a two-week programme at Kagumo and Bondo Teachers Training colleges to secondary school teachers, while locking other “A” level primary school teachers who had not attended the course.”
The fact that they had not received the promised promotions and wage increases frustrated primary school teachers.
They contended that this was against the Standard Labor Practices, which provide that each employee has a right to just compensation, comfortable working conditions, the ability to join and take part in union activities, as well as the ability to strike in order to protect their labor-related rights.
The Standing Committee on Education was given the petition, and it has sixty days from the time it was given to it to respond and report back to the Senate.
To enhance tutor compensation, TSC and teachers’ unions recently conducted preliminary talks to modify the 2021–2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) suggested a 42% rise, while the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) called for a 60% hike.
Teachers have suffered irreparable injury, according to Collins Oyuu, secretary-general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers, as a result of TSC’s failure to negotiate salary hikes during the previous seven years.
When they signed the most recent CBA agreement in 2021, all parties agreed that the nation was still recuperating from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.