The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has announced the transfer of over 3000 primary and secondary school head teachers amid protests by Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) to stop the process.
3094 headteachers and principals who attained the mandatory age of retirement in the last three months will be transferred.
According TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia, the transfers were “routine” and meant to achieve equity in teacher distribution in public schools.
“TSC county directors should ensure that handing and taking over will have been concluded by December 28, 2018 and a status report submitted to the director of staffing by December 31, 2018,” read the statement sent to newsrooms on Tuesday.
“Some principals and head teachers who have served for a long period in the same institution have been transferred. It is intended that the transfer will provide them with a new working environment and also tap into their vast experience,” said Macharia.
Deputy heads who are qualified and have exemplary performance records have been promoted to headship positions.
Earlier this year, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) had opposed the teachers’ transfer which was part of TSC’s delocalization programme.