TSC, union be­gin talks to end rows

An eight-mem­ber team is at­tend­ing a five-day re­treat in Naivasha

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SPORT - BY OUMA WANZALA

owan­za­lan@ke.na­tion­media.com

Teach­ers and their em­ployer will to­day start a five-day re­treat in Naivasha to dis­cuss pro­mo­tions, per­for­mance ap­praisals, among other is­sues.

The meet­ing will be at­tended by an eight-mem­ber team, which will also look into the trans­fer of teach­ers out­side their home coun­ties.

The meet­ing was or­gan­ised after teach­ers threat­ened to go on strike, and is ex­pected to cre­ate a com­mon un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Teach­ers Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (TSC) and the Kenya Na­tional Union of Teach­ers (Knut) on var­i­ous mat­ters.

Knut Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Wil­son Sos­sion said yes­ter­day that the union was op­ti­mistic that the TSC would ad­dress is­sues that have been raised by teach­ers, which, he added, were fun­da­men­tal.

“We want our de­mands to be met by the TSC so that we can have a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor,” said Mr Sos­sion.

Some of the de­mands put for­ward by Knut, in­clude clear guide­lines on ca­reer pro­gres­sion, which will al­low teach­ers to be pro­moted across the board.

Knut wants the TSC to with­draw the cur­rent guide­lines, which be­came ef­fec­tive on Novem­ber 8 last year

“The pol­icy is tied to per­for­mance con­tract­ing, which al­though not op­posed by the union, it has not been car­ried out within the law and the terms of the CBA and the union is op­posed to such a re­port be­ing utilised for ap­praisals,” said Mr Sos­sion.

He lamented that the guide­lines had re­placed the var­i­ous schemes of ser­vice that ex­isted.

“The is­sue raised herein af­fect sub­stan­tially the terms and con­di­tions of ser­vice of the teach­ers. It is a se­ri­ous labour is­sue that the union ought to have been fully in­volved. Pro­mo­tion of teach­ers is pro­vided for in law. It is not a pol­icy is­sue that can be de­cided by one party with the ex­clu­sion of the other party,” Mr Sos­sion ex­plained.

“There­fore, re­plac­ing the pro­vi­sions of the guide­lines with a pol­icy pa­per that was not dis­cussed with other share­hold­ers and ap­proved or oth­er­wise agreed upon, is a mock­ery of the ex­is­tence of the reg­u­la­tions and share­hold­ers.”

On trans­fers, Knut wants the pol­icy re­viewed. “De­lo­cal­i­sa­tion has oc­ca­sioned low morale, un­cer­tain­ties lead­ing to poor per­for­mance and ad­verse ef­fects on fam­i­lies trau­ma­tised out of the sep­a­ra­tion and health de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in many re­ported in­ci­dents,” he said. Knut also want the ap­praisals stopped to al­low time to develop new tools.

Knut Sec­re­tary­gen­eral Wi­son Sos­sion (right) says the union is op­ti­mistic that the TSC will ad­dress the is­sues that have beenraised by teach­ers.

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