On the morning of 3rd August a young woman and her baby got to TSC HQS in Nairobi. Was stopped at the gates by guard and told to go away. But she insisted. With her baby strapped on her back, she chose to sit at the gate and demanded to see the TSC CEO Nancy Macharia over her plight,
Education Social media blogger and influencer, Peter Amunga got wind of the matter and got photos of the lady which he posted all over facebook and whatsapp pages. The story then went viral. At first the story went like this. Ireri graduated 2015 and got a 2nd class upper. TSC number; 729765. She did an interview in 2017 and luckily, she excelled. She was supposed to receive her letter on 27th Feb, but the opportunity was grabbed by someone with money. Someone is earning money under her name. She is crying with her baby outside TSC’s headquater but no one is there to help. Well the TSC has since clarified the story.
*ZAC KINUTHIA CAS EDUCATION*
As the day proceeded and when the story was trending, the deputy Minister for education in Kenya, CAS Zac Kinuthia posted on facebook that he had personally gone to TSC HQS and spoken to Lydia Ireri. He commended the social media Kenyans who had highlighted the story and promised that Lydia will be sorted.
*TSC RESPONDED ALSO ON TWITTER &FACEBOOK 10 HOURS AFTER AMUNGA HAD GONE VIRAL*
Several hours later, at exactly 20;28 PM TSC responded to our social media demands as follows.
“ … The attention of the Commission is drawn to some social media reports about the status of teacher Lydia Ireri’s job. Lydia was recruited as a teacher by the Commission early this year. Unfortunately, her posting letter, along with those of other teachers recruited at the same time, could not be dispatched due to the disruption caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.
The process of a new teacher reporting in a school requires the physical presence of the teacher himself or herself and the receiving head teacher. The coronavirus pandemic has made this impossible over the last five months that schools have been closed. Indeed, our headquarters and field officers have been relaying this information to teachers when they inquire.
We look forward to issuing all pending postings letters once we overcome the Coronavirus pandemic and it is safe to reopen schools. We regret that Lydia had to travel to Nairobi today.
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We wish to thank both TSC and the Education Ministry through CAS Zach Kinuthia for coming out to assist and respond to Lydia Ireri. But many questions linger on our minds on the incident. Like.
- How many Kenyans Out there have cases similar to Ireri, but have no courage to storm and camp at TSC and demand for answers?
- Why would TSC not communicate on time to all its applicants and especially those who sat interviews and passed so as to reduce anxiety?
- Who at TSC HQS is sleeping on his or her job? We have had cases of files getting lost, mix ups with appointment letters, corruption, kick backs etc? When will TSC officers stop engaging in delays and loses of teacher files?
All in all, we thank God, that TSC head of communications is up to the task. Her response however late has put an end to this saga that would have taken different dimensions.