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Teachers’ unions issue new demands to TSC over promotion stand-off

Teachers’ unions (KNUT and KUPPET) issue new demands to TSC demanding clear data on promotion.

Omboko Milemba, the chairman of the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), demanded from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) specific information on the number of teachers who have remained in the same job categories for extended periods of years

On Monday, January 2, Milemba asserted that the TSC’s stance regarding the stagnation of teachers was in conflict with the commission’s own data in an interview with KTN News.

He claimed that over 1,000 teachers who were eligible for promotion were in the same work categories, and some of them had been waiting for 15 years without success.

“The truth is that teachers have stagnated in the same job group, some for as long as 15 years and 14 years, and nine which is the most common.

“TSC must be having better data than myself because it is the employer of teachers and they should speak on this correctly. This is more than 1,800 teachers who have stagnated in the same job group,” Milemba stated. 

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KUPPET’s stance was collaborated by his colleague in the teachers’ union; Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Collins Oyuu who challenged TSC to avail the actual number of teachers due for promotion. 

“Quite a number of teachers have stagnated in one job group. TSC says that it is the career progression guidelines that have made these teachers stagnate in those job groups but we are saying they have to be promoted,” Oyuu demanded.

The leaders of the teachers’ union also urged that TSC investigate the compensation that has been due to the impacted teachers over time.

The two leaders emphasized the situation of teachers who worked in acting roles as headteachers, heads of departments, and deputy headteachers in their joint request for fair recompense.

“The pending bills which involve the labour that teachers have supplied to the government and has not been quantified through stagnation through acting as deputies, HoDs, and Principals without pay is over Ksh2 billion,” the KUPPET Chairman stated. 

The statements came amid piling pressure on the teachers’ employer body, with Members of Parliament keen on ensuring that remuneration for all teachers – including those in retirement – matches their respective job groups.

During a hearing before the National Assembly Committee on Education, TSC’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia refuted the claims of stagnation.

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