TSC Teachers Uncovers the Trick applied in the TSC Grading System
TSC Teachers Uncovers the Trick applied in the TSC Grading System. A flaw in the Teachers Service Commission‘s (TSC) grading system that allowed untrained instructors to be promoted and given pay hikes was found by elementary school teachers.
The primary school teachers alleged in their plea to Parliament that in 1996, the TSC Directorate of Personnel Management created a plan of service that required all teachers with A-level academic certificates to submit their names for promotions across the country.
Petitioners claimed that unqualified A-level instructors attempted to mislead authorities by enrolling in a fast-track certification program at Kagumo and Bondo teachers Training Colleges in just two weeks.
According to the primary teachers, the Ministry of Education assessed and promoted the tutors who took part in the two-week training program while essentially disqualifying other qualified A-level instructors who had not attended the session.
“The Ministry then went ahead and graded untrained ‘A’ level teachers who had attended a two-week programme at Kagumo and Bondo Teachers Training colleges to Secondary School Teachers, locking out other ‘A’ Level Primary School Teachers who had not attended the course,” the petition claims.
The irate teachers complained that they had not received the promised pay raises and promotions.
Workers have the right to form and join labor unions, to be paid fairly, to have safe working conditions, to participate in union activities, and to walk out of their jobs to stand up for their rights.
The petition has been delivered to the Senate’s Standing Committee on Education, which has 60 days to reply and submit a report.
The TSC and teacher unions are now negotiating a reform of the 2021–2025 CBA in an effort to achieve teacher wage increases.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) requested a 60% increase, whereas the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) proposed a 42% increase.
Collins Oyuu, secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), claims that teachers have been negatively impacted by the TSC’s protracted delay in implementing wage increases.
Collins Oyuu, the KNUT Secretary General, spoke at an earlier occasion.
Salary increases were not included in the most recent collective bargaining agreement, which was concluded in 2021 because all parties recognized that the country was still recuperating from the severe impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic.