Halt teachers transfers, Sossion urges TSC

Judy Akuma and Robert Ochoro @PeopleDailyKe

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has urged the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to stop the ongoing massive transfer of teachers. Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, secretary general Wilson Sossion opposed the implementation of the Delocalisation of Teachers Policy saying that it is harmful to both learners and teachers and they were never consulted.

The union has now called for a National Executive Council (NEC) and National Advisory Council (NAC) meeting on Monday to deliberate on the issue with TSC failure to which they will announce the next course of action.

Sossion said the policy violates International Labour Organisation (ILO) and United Nations United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recommendations on teacher staffing norms and HIV/Aids Workplace Policy of putting families together.

“At no time was Knut invited by TSC to deliberate on the formulation and implementation of the policy. Its implementation is therefore in total violation of the 2017/18 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Elsewhere, teachers and school principals, who have been transferred to other schools have been warned against failing to report to their new stations.

Kisii County TSC director Nimrod Kimathi said the heads, who will decline to report will be interdicted immediately. He told the People Daily in his office yesterday that 24 principals, including two deputies who were promoted and 95 primary school heads have since received their transfer letters and expected to hand over by today adding his office has not received any cases of any teachers who has declined to be transferred.

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