Principals and head teachers of various schools in Coast region recently transferred have reported to their new stations. Mombasa county Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) director Caroline Mwakisha said 15 head teachers have been transferred to other regions, under the commission’s delocalisation programme. In Kilifi, nine secondary schools were affected, two in Kwale and three in Mombasa.
Secondary schools which were affected by the TSC transfers include Sabaki, Sosobora, Mongotini, Mkondoni and Ganda. Others with new principals include Ganze Boys’, Malindi High, Gede and Ribe Boys’ in Kilifi. Mama Ngina Girls’ received Mwanahamisi Omar from Matuga Girls’ High School.
County Director of Education James Kairu, in a phone interview with People Daily, said the transfers have not faced any opposition except an objection from Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut). “All principals posted to schools in Mombasa have reported to their work stations,” said Kairo.
TSC chief executive officer Nancy Macharia said the transfers were effected in a “delocalisation programme” to promote national integration. But Coast region Knut treasurer David Mulei said the Ministry of Education failed to put some considerations in place.
“Some principals now have to work away from their families,” Mulei said yesterday. Knut Kilindini branch secretary Dan Aloo argued that some of the teachers being transferred had not hit the eight-year threshold in a station, before they are transferred as is required.