Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has disclosed that around 26,871 teachers await transfers to their home counties.
As of June 30, 46,926 primary and secondary school educators had expressed their desire to return to their home counties through transfers. However, merely 20,055 of these requests were successfully executed.
In a recent appearance before the Senate, Cs Machogu elaborated that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for departing teachers by providing the availability of suitable replacements at their current assignments and vacancies at their desired transfer stations.
“This will enable the commission to ensure equitable distribution and optimal utilization of teachers across the country for the benefit of all learners. The transfer policy has already been reversed. It is no longer in place,” Mr. Machogu affirmed in response to a query posed by Senator Samson Cherargey of Nandi regarding the status of the delocalization policy.
Machogu emphasized that the TSC must equitably allocate and maximize the effectiveness of teachers within public primary education institutions, a responsibility rooted in Article 43 of the Constitution, ensuring quality education accessibility throughout the country.
Delocalization, a previous initiative introduced by TSC, aimed to foster national unity, eliminate potential conflicts of interest in school management, and address teacher shortages in specific regions.
The Cabinet Secretary clarified that teachers wishing to relocate must formally request a transfer, a process guided by the principles of fair distribution and optimal staff usage. Factors considered include vacancies at the desired institution, replacement needs, existing staffing standards, health-related considerations, and other pertinent TSC considerations.
Mr. Machogu clarified that TSC ensures suitable vacancies, replacements, and balanced staffing before authorizing a teacher’s transfer to their chosen county. This precautionary measure prevents mass teacher relocations that could disrupt learning environments.
At the primary level, TSC has received 35,959 transfer requests from educators. Regrettably, only 17,942 transfers have been facilitated, leaving 18,017 pending due to the scarcity of fitting replacements. In post-primary schools, 10,967 teachers sought transfers, but only 2,113 were granted.