The Council of Governors (CoG) is currently drafting a petition aimed at urging the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to permit teachers to choose their preferred workstations within their respective home counties rather than being assigned based on the national needs, as enshrined in the existing policy.
During the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT)-Kakamega Branch held on Saturday, Governor Fernandes Barasa highlighted the urgency of the matter.
He empathized with approximately 47,000 teachers currently facing challenges due to their current assignments.
Barasa clarified that he is collaborating with the CoG’s education committee to present a memorandum to the TSC addressing these concerns.
“We have teachers who are serving in other counties, and this is a matter we will bring up with our education committee so that all those teachers who are delocalized should return to their home counties,” he emphasized.
“We are advocating for teachers to come back home so that we can have better engagement with our local teachers. I assure you that I will urge my education committee to send the memorandum to TSC.”
The commission instituted the delocalization policy in 2017, much to the discontent of teachers and members of Parliament, who argued that it was counterproductive.
Since then, at least 14,000 teachers have been forcibly relocated from their home counties.
However, the policy was temporarily halted in November 2022 following lobbying efforts from MPs, who called for a reversal, expected to be completed by January 31, 2023.
More than 47,000 teachers have requested to be transferred to their home counties.
In justifying the policy, TSC contended that it would help address teacher shortages in specific regions, such as Northern Kenya and conflict-prone areas.
The commission clarified that transfers were contingent on available vacancies and a teacher’s willingness to fill them.
Nonetheless, the teachers pointed out that the policy had adverse effects, highlighting the disruption of many families when breadwinners were posted to distant locations.