President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Dr Jamleck Muturi John as Chair of the Teachers Commission (TSC) for the next six years.
The president made the announcement in a gazette published on Friday.
The appointment came after a careful review by the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Research and on the recommendation of the National Assembly
The President re-appointed Dr Timon Alfred Otieno Oyucho as TSC Commissioner for a further term of six years.
Dr Oyucho is currently the TSC’s Director of Legal, Labor and Industrial Relations Directorate
Dr Muturi will be the second chairperson of the TSC after the retirement of Dr Lydia Nzomo whose term expired on November 18 last year.
Dr Nzomo was elected in 2014 as the first Chairperson following the implementation of the new Constitution.
The National Assembly registered the ratification of both parties on Wednesday.
A report presented by committee chairwoman Florence Mutua, the Busia regional women’s advocate, said the candidates had been found ready to take up the post.
The two joined commissioners Mbange Njuguna and Leila Abdi, who were appointed in May last year.
TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia is the secretary of the commission.
Five other Commissioners who retired last year and in March are yet to be replaced. The Commission should consist of nine Commissioners who will form a full board.
When he appeared before the review committee, Dr Muturi pledged to use the TSC’s constitution and policies to prevent racism and xenophobia during the promotion and transfer of teachers.
He also promised to mend bad relations between the TSC and unions, especially the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).
Dr Muturi said he strongly believed in strong unions as he promised to restore harmony between the unions and the TSC.
“The commission cannot work alone. We will use the democratic approach to address the issues and ensure that stakeholders do not suffer while undermining the constitution, ”Dr Muturi told MPs.
Dr Muturi noted that unions play a vital role in the fight for workers’ rights and that if there is proper negotiation, there is no potential for mountains.
“Strong unions and programs are very important and they improve service delivery,” he said.
He also promised that they would work closely with the Department of Education to ensure that disputes do not interfere with teaching.
Dr Oyucho said he would work with other commissioners to address issues affecting teachers.