TSC transfers all teachers after parents eject principal

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO, Dr. Nancy Macharia

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has transferred 17 teachers to other stations from St. Gabriel Isongo Secondary School in Mumias East, Kakamega County, adding a new twist after the Principal was recently ejected by angry parents over alleged poor results in the 2023 KCSE examination.

Kakamega County Director of Education (CDE) Hellen Nyang’au and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Kakamega Executive Secretary Harrison Otota both confirmed to Education News this morning that all teachers employed by TSC have been transferred, with Nyang’au adding that the school Board of Management (BoM) will now take over the running of the school.

“That is true. The Board of Management will now take over and teachers employed on BoM terms can continue with teaching as the case continues. We are currently seeking advice from the Ministry to know the way forward,” confirmed Nyang’au.

Kakamega County Director of Education (CDE) Hellen Nyang’au.

Nyang’au added that there will be a board meeting in the school today to discuss the matter, which will be followed by a stakeholders’ meeting chaired by the Deputy County Commissioner (DCC).

Otota stated that deployment of other TSC teachers will be discussed during the stakeholders’ meeting adding that the question as to whether other teachers will take over lies between the TSC, MOE and parents.

“The teachers have been transferred to other stations because parents don’t want them. We had agreed that we are going to have a stakeholders’ meeting today with the DCC to discuss the way forward. The Community must sit and decide how the school should run. If they want to quickly hire teachers on BoM terms, let them hire as they negotiate with the Commission to give them new teachers,” said Otota.

Harrison Otota, KUPPET Kakamega Executive Secretary. Photo by Leonard Angatia

The transfer of the teachers comes after KUPPET Kakamega held demonstrations condemning the forceful ejection of the school Principal, even as the entire Union castigates the ongoing frog-marching of school heads by disgruntled members of the community over poor performance in the 2023 KCSE examinations.

“We wish to condemn the frog-marching of a Headteacher at St Gabriel Isongo in Kakamega. Performance is a result of collective efforts by the teachers, students, and parents,” KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori said, urging TSC to withdraw teachers from schools that are harassing school heads over the matter.

Last week, locals stormed the school and ejected the Principal after allegations that students posted poor results in the 2023 KCSE exams.

By Roy Hezron

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