Teachers hailing from regions outside the Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) areas have yet to report to schools, a full two weeks after the onset of the third academic year as they demand for transfers from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC)
More than 300 teachers, still encamped at TSC headquarters, are adamantly refusing to return to their assigned ASAL regions. They assert that they will settle for nothing less than a transfer.
One teacher, Peter Kamoen, currently stationed in Mandera, lamented that despite submitting a transfer request, there had been no progress regarding their relocation.
Kamoen revealed that for the past fortnight, they have been tirelessly trying to secure an audience with TSC’s head, Dr. Nancy Macharia. However, their efforts have been in vain as the commission insists they return to their stations.
In a plea for intervention, Evans Nyaundi beseeched the Education Committee, asserting that their previous appeals had fallen on deaf ears.
Nyaundi implored Julius Melly and his committee to intercede, hoping this would facilitate TSC’s approval of their transfer requests.
Charles Achol, a teacher in the region, pointed out that insecurity and poor road infrastructure made transportation arduous and costly.
Achol explained that due to the lack of security, they were actively seeking transfers. He highlighted that the cost of air travel alone amounted to Sh25,000, surpassing their monthly earnings of Sh21,756.
During a meeting with TSC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia, Luanda MP Dick Maungu raised concerns about how traumatized teachers could effectively serve their students.
He expressed deep worry about the teachers’ safety, asserting that their lives were at risk. He questioned the practicality of expecting teachers to hide overnight and then teach students effectively the next day.
Dr. Macharia, however, explained that several factors, including the need for replacements, job availability, personnel policies, and medical reasons, influenced teacher transfers.
She emphasized that the Commission had a statutory duty to ensure the equitable distribution and efficient deployment of teachers in all public schools, aligning with the goal of providing quality education across the country.