MP Katoo ole Metito says while he does not oppose transfer of school heads, the Teachers Service Commission should do it humanely.
Metito, who spoke in Imbirrikani ward of Kajiado South constituency on Saturday, said he is seeing a looming disappointment of teachers by TSC if it does not handle the process with a human heart.
“Can you imagine a situation where about 70 per cent of head teachers from Kajiado South Sub County, who are about to retire, being transferred to Taita Taveta, and their wives who are also teachers are transferred to Tharaka Nithi?” wondered the Kajiado South MP.
“We are in government to support all its programmes as Jubilee MPs, but on this one I will say no because I cannot stand by and watch lives being ruined in the name of re-alignment of services,” said a feasibly irate MP.
The MP was speaking during the homecoming ceremony of nominated MCA Faith Sianka when he appealed Kenya National Union of Teachers to protect their lot against dehumanisation practices.
He particularly called upon Wilson Sosion, who is an ODM nominated MP, to fight for the right of teachers and their spouses in the same profession.
“We have a KNUT and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers representatives in Parliament who are in the House Education Committee. They should come out and defend their folk,” said the MP.
But even as the MP is defending the head heaters’ transfer from one region to other areas, TSC has transferred over 500 heads ahead of the second term of school that starts next week.
The 515 principals of county, extra county, national and tertiary institutions have until Friday to hand over.
The delocalisation policy seeks to improve cohesion and deepen appreciation of the country’s diverse cultures.
“The letters for the cases approved have been done and are ready for collection,” reads the memo signed by Abdirizak Farah on behalf of TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia.
The principals now join another 346 who were transferred in January in a move that attracted protests from teachers’ unions.
“Status report on handing over exercise be submitted to this office by Monday, April 30,” the memo reads.
Metito said he cannot understand what the TSC means when it attempts to say delocalisation policy seeks to improve cohesion and deepen appreciation of the country’s diverse cultures.
“It they transfer one head teacher from Taita Taveta to Kajiado County to head 90 per cent of local teachers, will that change any culture?” asked Metito.
The teachers he said are disappointed because most of them are almost retiring and have been posted far away from their homes and they are demotivated and the transfers might affect their performances in their new stations.
Several secondary school principals and primary school heads have received transfer letters from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).