Bad news for reinstated teachers as TSC returns them to North Eastern

TSC CEO Nancy Macharia and Chairman Jamleck Muturi. TSC has taken teachers who were reinstated back to North Eastern where they had run away from.

It is bad news for teachers who were interdicted for deserting duty as the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) returns them to North Eastern where they had run away from due to insecurity.

The embattled teachers recently faced disciplinary action ranging from warnings to suspensions, during which they will report to work in the volatile region. They had been interdicted between August and October this year.

According to one of the posting letters sent to one of the affected teachers and seen by Education News, the teachers have been given 14 days to report back to their stations and launch an appeal after reporting.

“It has been decided that you be posted to Mandera County with effect from December 22, 2023. You are expected to report to the new station within fourteen (14) days from the effective date for assignment of duties,” one letter read.

“By a copy of this letter, the TSC County Director-Mandera County is requested to inform this office on the date you report for duty. In case of an appeal, you are required to report to your new station as you await the decision of the Commission,” adds the letter addressed to one of the affected teachers and signed by one P.W. Ngugi on behalf of the Commission Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nancy Macharia, dated December 21, 2023.

The teachers had initially staged demonstrations at the TSC headquarters in Upper Hill Nairobi in early August seeking transfers from the region after they claimed that their lives were in danger.

Close to 200 of them were interdicted.

Kenya Teachers in Hardship and Arid areas Welfare Association (KETHAWA) has been on their case, with National Secretary Wagonya Wangenye once again saying they will move to court next week to block the posting.

Speaking to Education News on phone, Wangenye said it is totally unfair to post teachers back to the areas they are running away from due to insecurity.

“People are running away from security zones, then you reinstate them and return them to those areas. Surely, is that fair? It’s very annoying. We will move to court to block it,” said Wangenye.

By Roy Hezron

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