Rule barring school heads from serving in home counties prudent

Friday December 8 2017

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chief executive officer Nancy Macharia recently sent shockwaves to school heads when she informed them that they will no longer serve in their home counties.

The primary school headteachers and secondary school and college principals were also instructed not to serve in one station for more than nine years.

Sensible Kenyans fully agree with Ms Macharia that the new policy for delocalisation will improve cohesion of Kenya’s diverse cultures.

Indeed, this will be one way of uniting Kenyans.

It is for this reason that I hope these heads will be posted to schools outside the provinces where they were born, grew up, schooled and worked.

In the new policy, headteachers and their deputies will be required to possess bachelor’s degrees while principals and their deputies in secondary schools and colleges must have a master’s qualification.

The policy will affect technical training institutes and teachers training colleges, which are about 105.

On the other hand, there are about 23,000 heads in primary schools and 8,600 principals in secondary.

This delocalisation policy will, definitely, go a long way in uniting Kenyans.

Njuguna Kim Meja, Kiambu.

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 I totally support TSC’s new rules requiring heads of schools and colleges to work outside their home counties.

There are teachers who went to primary, secondary school and university in the same district where they were born, got married in the same place and now work there. Such individuals might eventually die there.

Such teachers don’t inspire pupils. Most of them put their tribes ahead of national interests.

They run their businesses such as shops, matatus and farming to the detriment of educational performance.

They skip lessons to go and fuel or repair their matatus, supervise farm workers, see a veterinary doctor or settle local disputes.

Some can even see their families at home right from the classroom even when teaching. Without doubt, this affects their input.

Parents fear to hold such tutors to account even when they embezzle school funds since they may be relatives or direct wheeler-dealers of the headteacher.

There are teachers in, say, Nairobi who have never gone beyond Limuru, Athi River or Ngong.

Such a teacher has never seen a lake or a mountain other than in photos and have no knowlege about other communities and cultures.

Teachers from, say, Mandera should work in Kisumu or Nairobi, those from Coast deployed in Lodwar or western Kenya and  those from the central parts of the country and Nairobi teach in the northern and north-eastern regions.

That way, teachers will take their work more seriously and we will also easily end tribalism.

Robert Musamali,Nairobi.