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ODM raises alarm over biased teacher recruitment by TSC

ODM MP Peter Kaluma claims alleged bias on the recruitment of teachers with TSC favouring some regions.

Homabay Town Member of Parliament Peter Kaluma on Saturday sounded the alarm over what is widely perceived to be biased recruitment of tutors by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC), according to the MP, has not been hiring teachers from the Luo-Nyanza and Ukambani regions since 2005.

The lawmaker asserted, however, that Mt. Kenya instructors land jobs nearly right away after graduating from college. 

Kaluma added that it was improper to hire teachers from favored areas and send them to places where there were teacher shortages. 

He further claimed that the TSC recruitment has been hijacked by politicians.

“The teachers-recruitment exercise has been taken over by UDA politicians leaving TSC as bystanders in its core function,” he complained.

The ODM MP, therefore, called for fair recruitment to represent the face of Kenya.

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“Going forward, teachers should be employed on a first-to-graduate, first-to-be-employed basis. And with the removal of the “delocalization” policy, let teachers teach in their home areas, he stated.

He also suggested that an audit should be conducted on all 60,000 teachers who have been recruited by the current government.

According to data from TSC presented before the National Assembly Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Cohesion in March, Kalenjins and Kikuyu have the highest number of registered teachers.

In the report, five ethnic communities Kalenjins (59,538), Kikuyus (59,010), Luhyas (52,882), Luos (40,657), and Kambas (39,807).

TSC CEO Nancy Macharia explained that uneven distribution was due to the constant prodding by Members of Parliament.

“The commission wanted to employ and deploy according to the needs of regions but the committee rejected that model and said teachers should be shared equally to all counties and our hands were tied,” Macharia complained.

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