TSC CEO Nancy Macharia grilled and blamed by MPs Over stalled talks on teachers pay rise

Legislatures yesterday pressured TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia to tell them whether quorum prices prompted the commission to jeopardize the welfare of teachers, including negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Only two Commissioners have been in office since March 19, with seven retired.

The two cannot make binding decisions as the nine-member commission is only considered to be legally constituted with at least half of the members.

The TSC is yet to begin negotiations with the unions even though the 2017-2021 CBA expires on June 30. Education committee chairman Florence Mutua said without a population census, the commission would not be able to function.

“Can the chief executive explain why we did not inform the President when we saw that the commission does not have a figure to decide on the problems of teachers? How did they work? Asked Ms Mutua. Migori women’s lawyer Pamela Odhiambo lamented the quorum, saying teachers’ issues were important.

“Some of the Commissioners have retired in 2019, why did it take so long for them to take their place?” Asks Dr Odhiambo.

The TSC oversees recruitment, promotions, disciplinary procedures and reviews of teachers’ education and training standards. However, Ms Macharia dismissed allegations that the lack of a legal right to human rights had hampered the commission’s operations.

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He said the TSC was very focused on implementing previous decisions, adding that it was not in his best interest to inform the President of the commission’s retirement.

TSC chairperson Lydia Nzomo retired last year when Commissioner Cleophas Tirop left in March 2019.

Commissioners Mbarak Twahir, Tache Bosa Gollo, Betreace Marembo Adu, Kinoti Manyara and Mr Albert Fred Ekirapa retired in March this year.

Yesterday, the National Assembly approved the appointment of Dr Jamleck Muturi as chairperson and Mr Alfred Otieno Oyucho as Commissioner.

During his examination, Dr Muturi promised to work with the Department of Education, unions and other stakeholders to facilitate the work of educating and restoring the commission’s relations with unions.

The committee also recommended that the House approve the nomination of Prof Fatuma Chege as the Permanent Secretary of the National Department of Education Transformation in the education sector.

Prior to his appointment, Professor Chege was the Vice-Chancellor in charge of Administration at the University of Kenyatta.

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