The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET)has locked horns with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) regarding the recruitment of intern teachers.
The union has raised objections to recent statements made by the TSC, asserting that teachers currently on contract will continue for an additional year before their terms of service undergo review.
Last week, the TSC informed Members of Parliament that intern teachers would have to wait for one more year before being confirmed for permanent and pensionable positions by the government.
The TSC Director of Teachers Staffing Antonina Lentoijoni explained that the 46,000 teachers would automatically transition to permanent and pensionable (PNP) status after completing two years of service.
Lentoijoni clarified the distinction between two sets of interns: those who began on February 1 and those who started on September 1. She clarifiedthat letters of contract extension for an additional year, expected in December, apply to the February group.
Speaking before the National Assembly Education Committee chaired by Tinderet MP Julius Melly, KUPPET insisted that the TSC must uphold its earlier commitment and absorb the teachers into permanent and pensionable positions immediately upon the completion of their first-year term.
KUPPET Secretary-General Akelo Misori expressed concerns that the TSC’s proposal for teachers on internship contracts in primary and Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) would demoralize them.
“Whereas the teachers employment contract clearly stipulates that they were to serve as interns for only one year, the TSC has not taken the necessary steps to employ them on a permanent basis from January 2024 when their current contract expires,” He stated.
Misori underscored the harsh conditions of service for these teachers, receiving only half of their deserved salary, and facing taxation at the same level as other teachers in their grade, including mandatory housing levy and NSSF contributions.