The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has invited the public to give views on its proposed amendments to the TSC Act, 2012 amid a stiff resistance from sections of stakeholders, including teachers.
In an invitation notice titled ‘Public Participation and Submission of Memoranda on the Proposed TSC Act (Amendment) Bill, 2024’ seen by Education News, the commission has set February 15, 2024 as the deadline for receiving written memoranda on the proposed Amendment Bill.
The move is aimed at aligning the Act with the relevant policies and legislative changes which have taken place since the enactment of the law some 12 years ago.
“The Commission has commenced the initiative to amend the Act with a view to align it with the relevant national policy and legislative changes that have taken place since its enactment 12 years ago…Pursuant to Article 10 of the Constitution, the Commission hereby invites stakeholders and members of the public to submit written memoranda on the proposed amendments to the TSC Act,” reads the notice in part.
Key among the proposals the Commission is fronting is to capture the new basic institutional structure under Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) to include Junior and Senior School, to allow teachers to seek redress in a court of law if they are aggrieved by a decision of its review committee, and to further align the entry requirement for teacher registration with CBC, among others.
However, the proposed amendments have faced criticism from a number of education stakeholders who assert that the commission, being the employer, cannot propose changes to the TSC Act.
The critics observe that the TSC is bent on antagonizing the recommendations contained in the Presidential Working Party on Education (PWPER) report, arguing that the reforms must be given way.
By Education News reporter
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