The Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) has received heated debates on the retirement age for teachers in recent years. The purpose of this article is to explain the current state of the TSC’s retirement age policy and its potential effects on teachers and the educational system as a whole.
There are four types of TSC retirements; Compulsory Retirement, Voluntary retirement, Retirement on medical grounds and Retirement in public interest
The standard retirement age for teachers is 60 years old.
Several factors were taken into account in deciding on this age limit, including the strenuous nature of teaching and the desire to provide younger people a chance to become teachers.
This long-held belief has been called into question in light of recent social and economic shifts, as well as the developing character of the teaching profession.
The Push for an Extended Retirement Age
Last year, a faction of delegates from the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) expressed their dissatisfaction with the decision to raise the retirement age from 60 to 65.
During a special conference held at the Kasarani Stadium Indoor Arena, some members chose to leave in protest.
However, Secretary-General Collins Oyuu maintained that the union would enforce the resolution, which was one of the 15 proposals put forth by the National Executive Council during their previous meetings.
The specific proposal in question was categorized as resolution number 11, which granted the NEC the authority to make limited amendments to the union’s constitution.
The last review occurred in December 2015, Prior to that, revisions were carried out in 2010 and 2013, despite the constitutional requirement to review it every five years to address emerging concerns and eliminate outdated provisions.
Rising life expectancy and increased overall health and well-being are two of the main factors in favor of raising the retirement age for teachers.
Due to improved medical care, many teachers are able to keep working well past the traditional retirement age of 60.
There are others who believe that raising the retirement age would be beneficial for students and the educational system as a whole since it would allow schools to maintain experienced teachers.
Moreover, teacher shortages have arisen as a result of the rising demand for quality education in many countries, making it essential to retain competent teachers for longer periods.