By Peter Amunga.
There is a good headline in today’s papers about some 13,000 positions are up for grabs for teacher promotion. That is good news. But like Oliver Twist, I say. More please.
But my humble self, thinks, there is still lots of room for improvement when it comes to teacher promotions as effected by TSC.. Let me explain.
*1. MANY SCHOOLS IN KENYA LACK TSC APPOINTED ADMINS*
To promote 13,000 out of around 350,000 teachers is a drop in the ocean. Many schools you visit in this country have no TSC appointed Heads, deputies, Heads of departments and senior teachers. Most schools have admins who are in acting capacity. Reason being the stringent rules that TSC put in place called career progression guidelines. From whatever angle you look at it, these guidelines inhibit automatic promotions for teachers as was the case before where teachers were promoted on experience, merit and talents. Actually, this is the truth. Under CPGs those teacher who are able to get promotions are those already in positions or who can corrupt their way up. A normal classroom teacher can only salivate as admis, the corrupt, those of the right tribe or political affiliation get promotions.
*2. SEGREGATION WHILE AWARDING PROMOTIONS*
I have seen sections of media, and several hate bloggers celebrating the fact that TSC will only promote KUPPET members and not KNUT members. Segregating teachers into KNUT, KUPPET, KEPSHA etc so as to offer them promotion is unfortunate and goes against the rules of natural justice. A teacher is a teacher irrespective of whichever political affiliation, tribe, sacco, merry go round or chama they belong. Recently a teacher approached me, willing to give a bribe to TSC officers so that her name can be removed from KNUT so as to get a promotion. This shows that dishing out promotions based on one’s affiliation gives room for impunity and corruption.
*These bloggers you see on these forums screaming to teachers to quit KNUT are minting millions from teachers as they act as brokers between corrupt TSC officers to secure promotions for them.*
*3. COURT RULINGS ARE NOT TOILET PAPERS*
The court ruling that TSC quotes as being the reason for segregated promotions is in dispute. Snr Muite has written to Chief Justice seeking a proper interpretation on the same. The matter was on a case WHERE TSC SUED KNUT. I struggle to understand why, a ruling on a matter where the employer sued a union, and uses that ruling to punish and segregate its employees on promotions. Justice is about justice. There can never be justice if a section of employees under the same employer enjoy promotion benefits while others lose out. What I am saying is just common sense.
Impunity and Injustice can only last for a little time and not forever. Those enjoying TSC favours of getting promotions while their colleagues miss out and are segregated.. know this.. WE SERVE A JUST GOD. Time is coming.