Teaching has evolved from a straightforward educational role to a complicated profession.
Teaching develops the minds of children and adolescents and prepares them to be productive members of society.
The Teachers Service Commission was established in 1967 as a commission inside the line Ministry of Education.
It was transformed into an independent constitutional commission in 2010 due to significant amendments.
TSC has been creating policies to guide its goals to streamline teachers’ service delivery.
Delocalisation, deployment, a C+ KCSE grade for the deployment of teachers to secondary schools, promotion of teachers to administrative posts, training teachers for progressive development, and teacher mentoring and coaching are among the strategies implemented by TSC.
These measures were meant to improve the quality of teaching and learning and make teachers more effective and efficient.
According to the Teacher Service Commission (TSC), delocalizing teachers was to provide them with a new working environment and capitalize on their comprehensive knowledge.
The teacher delocalization policy has been a controversial issue that has made teachers angry because it has both good and bad points.
Collins Oyuu, the head of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), says that the policy is causing couples to break up, which is tearing apart many teacher families.
In terms of managing time, Oyuu says that some teachers waste their students’ time by traveling long distances to work.
For example, if teachers in remote areas return home on Thursdays and report to work on Tuesdays every week, there is a strong likelihood that two days will be lost.
Currently, KNUT maintains that the policy should be repealed.
In the name of this policy, Oyuu says that teachers should not be moved from where they are now.
He said that TSC has not sent out an official circular denying that it exists and laying out a plan for how to help people who have already been hurt.
Oyuu revealed that teachers continue to flood Knut offices for assistance in returning to their previous counties.
KNUT has asked the employer to devise a way to handle rerouting so that the affected teachers can get what’s fair.
The union says that teachers should be hired in the communities where they live to improve effectiveness and efficiency, especially in elementary schools.
According to Oyuu, the policymakers’ concept that teachers will be responsible for national integration is false.
He says the curriculum already includes skills and values that last a lifetime and teach patriotism and being a good citizen.
So, KNUT demands that TSC build a clear system for dealing with policy issues instead of announcing their removal without doing anything about it.
In the spirit of involving the public, KNUT wants TSC to include stakeholders in making policies for the sector’s future.
The union claim that stakeholder participation could aid in identifying problems and proposing solutions.
Ezekiel Machogu, a cabinet nominee for the Ministry of Education, has promised to end the Teachers Service Commission’s (TSC) delocalization program if he is approved.
Machogu asserts that he would replace it with a new effort called “NATIONALIZATION,” encouraging instructors to work independently in hard-hit areas.
He agrees that many teachers have been punished by having to work far from their families because of delocalization.
According to Machogu, delocalization does not consider the circumstances of instructors, whereas nationalization does.
Machogu stated, “We will not do what is being done under delocalization,” Machogu stated. If a teacher is worth keeping in a particular location, he says his docket will incentivize them.
“This will be my first assignment to implement nationalization. Under delocalization, they did not consider teachers’ circumstances.
“Under the new plan, where we find a teacher worth to remain in a given place, there shall be incentives for them to remain there. We shall not do what is being being done under delocalization,” said Machogu.
KNUT and the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) oppose delocalization and believe it should be done with compassion.
According to TSC administrator Nancy Macharia, the relocation’s purpose is to offer classroom teachers a fresh working environment while utilizing their enormous knowledge.
She said this helps eliminate ethnicity, which she calls a “disease” in the country, because teachers decide what happens to the country.
Dr. Macharia stated, “Delocalization is merely a transfer; we want to ensure that teachers are exposed to other cultures and do not teach in their location for their entire careers.”
The TSC delocalization has always been a source of conflict between teachers’ employers and teachers’ unions, as shown by KNUT member Wilson Sossion’s sudden resignation.
KNUT Wants TSC To End Teacher’s Delocalization