The good stewardship and capacity to stem out deep rooted corruption by top officials at the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has come to the fore after it has emerged majority of the 10,000 teachers recently promoted were forced part with a minimum of Sh50,000.
Silent murmurs of discontent now targeted to TSC headquarters has raised serious questions of existent of possible chain of cartel orchestrating extortion schemes within TSC head office.
The spotlight is now trained on commission’s chairperson Lydia Nzomo and Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia to unearth the corruption network wthin the commission.
The alleged fraud raises serious questions on TSC’s commitment in addressing terms and conditions of service for all teachers to motivate and support their career progression in the teaching service as a way of attracting and retaining staff.
Early this month, 10,000 teachers were promoted by their employer after the sham interviews were conducted in March and April.
The teachers were among 27,000 short-listed for interviews conducted by the commission in February in various parts of the country.
They include 2,351 secondary school teachers who have been promoted from Job Group ‘L’ to ‘M’ and 1,800 secondary school teachers who have moved from Job Group ‘M’ to ‘N’.
Another 943 secondary school principals and deputies have been promoted to Job Group ‘N’ from ‘M’.
1,500 head teachers and deputies in primary schools have been promoted from Job Group ‘L’ to ‘M’ while 1,011 and 469 classroom teachers in primary schools will move to Job Groups ‘M’ and ‘N’ respectively.
500 others graduate head teachers and deputies in primary schools have been promoted from Job Group ‘G’ and ‘H’ to Job Group ‘K’.
Other staff who have been promoted to Job Group ‘M’ and ‘N’, include lecturers in Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions (TVET), Curriculum Support Officers, tutors in teacher training colleges, and officers at the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (Cemastea) and the Educational Assessment and Resource Centre (EARC).