National Assembly Education Committee To Deprive TSC Regulatory Powers

The National Assembly has indicated a possible review of the mandate of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to limit its regulatory powers.

The National Assembly Committee on Education is pushing for separation of powers, with the TSC serving only as an employer and a separate entity serving as a regulator. The regulatory body has not been identified yet.

A regulator is a public organization that sets standards for activities and establishes and enforces requirements for those entering and working in the profession.

If the proposal is approved, it would be a significant victory for Wilson Sossion, the former general secretary of Kenya’s National Teachers’ Union, who during his tenure strongly opposed TSC’s dual role as employer and regulator.

A member of the Education Committee, Sossionn stressed on the importance of having a regulatory agency to eliminate conflicts of interest that exist in TSC.

However, critics argue that attempts to deprive the TSC of its regulatory powers, which are enshrined in Article 237 of the Constitution, pose a legal impediment.

If put in place, the teaching profession would follow in the footsteps of the medical profession, where Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists unions act as regulators and counties act as employers.

The same is the case in the engineering and legal professions, where the Engineering Board of Kenya and the Law Society of Kenya act as regulators.

On Thursday, Busia women’s representative Florence Mutua, who also serves as the committee’s chair, announced that the Ministry of Education and committee members would convene for a two-week retreat to discuss the issue.

As a result, TSC will lose the right to register new teachers.

TSC will also lose the right to conduct professional development and renew the license of practicing teachers.

The TSC will also empower the regulatory agency to develop a code of conduct for the profession and take disciplinary action against those who violate it.

TSC launched a professional development course in September that would require teachers to renew their teaching licenses every five years.

TSC proposed compulsory retraining in 2015 when it proposed the introduction of professional development.

The implementation was delayed due to protests led by Sossion, the former Secretary General of Notte.

He called the retraining illegal and claimed that he was not involved in its creation.

He also argued against paying teachers for in-service training.

Under the new policy, teachers will have to complete five years of in-service professional training before renewing their certificates.

At the end of each module, teachers will be awarded a number of marks that will not be made public.

Professional development will last 30 years and is divided into six modules, each lasting five years.

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