NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 8 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) have agreed on the promotion of 6,675 teachers after lengthy talks which lasted for the better part of Wednesday.
Speaking following the discussions, TSC Chief Executive Officer Gabriel Lengoiboni said a joint taskforce from both sides will be formed to verify a disparity with the union, since KNUT claims there are 53,000 teachers suitable for promotion.
He indicated that the taskforce will scrutinise the authenticity of the qualifications provided by the teachers and whether they deserve a promotion or not.
“That committee will start its work on Friday and within the two weeks we expect them to give a report on the same. Promotions are not only based on the qualifications but should also be based on productivity because you may get higher qualifications but you are not productive in the classroom,” he said.
He explained that indeed there were a number of teachers due for promotion which had been delayed due to a lack of funds.
“The delay was caused by a lack of funds and we are aware that the schemes of service which are still in force which states that they should be promoted. So the only thing that is preventing us from moving forward is lack of funds,” he said.
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion on the other hand described the talks as fruitful and called on all teachers due for promotion to present their credentials to their county officials for verification.
“We are calling upon the teachers to submit their details so that they may reach us by Wednesday next week so that we can sort out the discrepancy on the figure and once we arrive at an accurate figure, then I am sure the matter will be sorted out amicably,” he said.
He called on teachers to continue working as the matter was being resolved.
“We are engaging properly with the TSC and teachers should continue working at their stations with a lot of commitment and let them leave this matter to us so that we can continue engaging with the TSC,” he said.
“That is why we are coming back after two weeks so that we can work on other pending areas. As you can note, this has been a budgetary hitch which caused all this and if it’s going to be corrected, for us as a union, we shall have no issue.”