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TSC Punishes Teachers Against Its Plans

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TSC Punishes Teachers For Speaking Against It

TSC CEO Nancy Macharia

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Anxiety has rocked the teaching fraternity as details emerge that the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) has started a crackdown on teachers perceived to be against its plans.

A report by Daily Nation on Thursday showed that some six tutors have already been transferred to remote areas as part of the crackdown.

The tutors are said to be part of the new Kenya National Teachers Pressure Group (KNTPG) which has proved tough against TSC boss Nancy Macharia.

Members of the new group have been mounting pressure on TSC to drop plans they claimed were not beneficial to the welfare of teachers in the country.

“I received a call from TSC Nairobi County director through my headteacher who told me that I should be cautious of what I say to the media and that any issues I have I should go through the teachers’ unions,” said Martha Omollo, spokesperson of KNTPG.

Omollo has already been moved to Trans Nzoia County from her Mowlem Supaloaf Primary School in Nairobi.

The purge will see more teachers scattered to various regions in the country, a move that is anchored at disgruntling their unity.

According to a report by Nation Africa, KNTPG members who have been affected in the recent crackdown include Ms Eva Muchemi who has been moved from her Nairobi post to Narok, Fanuel Ambole has been transferred from Machakos to Tana River, Ms Ann Wanyoike was moved from Nairobi to Kitui.

Other affected tutors are Jane Gitonga, Betsy Mitema, Julius Aloo and Kinyua Mwangi. More than 10 other teachers have, reportedly been issued with the transfer letters.

There’s been a division among teachers after firebrand Wilson Sossion exited KNUT in June this year.

The National Education Union (NEU) was formed after months of turmoil that saw many leave the once giant KNUT.

The splinter group, whose rallying call is “Service, Justice and Unity”, plans to recruit teachers from pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary levels, as well as those in private institutions.

Knut draws the bulk of its members from primary school teachers, whereas the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) is predominantly a union for secondary school teachers.

Other recently formed unions include the Kenya Union of Pre-primary Education Teachers (KUNOPPET), which draws its membership from pre-primary teachers, and the Kenya Union of Technical and Vocational Education Trainers (KUTVET), whose formation saw technical institutes’ teachers leave KUPPET in 2018.