The Teachers' Service Commission led by Nancy Macharia has been accused of killing unions and forcing policies on teachers. As TSC led teachers to mark the World's Teachers' Day earlier in the week, teachers were looking at the employer via a completely different prism. The commission is supposed to ensure that teachers' welfare is in order. Instead, the commisdion that teachers fought for to be enshrined in the constitution is giving them sleepless nights. It has taken over the role of regulator for the education sector.
The newly formed Kenyan Teachers National Pressure Group has lashed out at the two teachers' unions for dining with the TSC CEO and remaining mute as teachers are oppressed. The leadership of the new union accused TSC of arrogance and high-headedness. "Whenever we see the leadership of KNUT and KUPPET sandwiching Nancy Macharia between them and keeping her warm as teachers continue to suffer, we are not happy, TSC cannot be an employer and a regulator at a go. It is time the parliament considered separation of duties, responsibilities and powers and establish an independent regulatory body for teachers," the group said in a statement read by Martha Omollo.
The commission has, however, dismissed the complaints saying that it is working within its mandate and has no time for distractors. Parliament has waded into the controversy and promises to stand with teachers. Clement Gicharu, an education consultant who has interacted with both the unions and TSC insists that TSC is working with other government functionaries to kill unions and frustrate teachers.
Gicharu also disclosed that TSC does not have a working relationship with the Ministry of Education. When the ministry tried to clip its powers, the unions defended TSC and now, it has turned against them. It has also taken over management of schools by making principals the secretaries of the Boards of Management in schools thus taking away the financial role from the ministry of education.
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