Teachers in Elgeiyo Marakwet reject promotions citing delocalization

Julius Melly, Chair Parliamentary Committee on Education, under whose docket the delocalization policy was abolished by Parliament. The newly promoted teachers in Elgeiyo Marakwet can still have their posting outside the county reversed if they could get the attention of the committee.

Some of the newly promoted teachers in Elgeyo Marakwet have declined the offers after receiving letters posting them outside the county.

The educators promoted to the positions of head teachers and deputies registered their displeasure at their new tidings, saying the decision by the commission is punitive and demoralizing.

26 teachers were promoted to headship positions and 46 to deputies in the county.

According to tutors who spoke to Education News, majority of them have been posted to Trans Nzoia, Baringo and Bomet counties, with some on retirement notice having submitted their documents to TSC for processing.

One teacher posted to Trans Nzoia, speaking on condition of anonymity, said:

“I have already submitted retirement documents due for December to the commission. It is disheartening to be posted far towards the end of my career. The move affects us psychologically and financially given we are posted to non-hardship areas, meaning we shall receive pay cuts,” he said.

Teacher unions in the county have also voiced their concern on the issue. Marakwet branch KNUT Executive Secretary John Cheberi said the move is an illegality given that the delocalization policy has been abolished by the Parliament.

“The move by the commission to post these teachers outside the county is uncalled for. The delocalization was set aside by Parliament. Our teachers ought to have been given administrative positions within the county. Most of the teachers are retiring. TSC must rescind this decision,” remarked Cheberi.

On its part, the commission through the County Director Loice Mibei, said the decision was made following the availability of vacancies for the tutors, pointing out that the teachers applied for the positions knowing that they might be posted outside the county.

Mibei asked the teachers to report to the new stations, saying the commission has ways of hearing and determining appeals once made.

“Application guidelines were very clear that everyone applying for administrative positions should be willing to be posted to any part of the country. We call upon those who received letters to report to their respective stations as they engage the commission on stipulated channels challenging the decision,” she said.


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