KAIKAI KICKER: TSC reign of terror bad for teachers and the country
On my kicker, I read with horror some news
that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has embarked on a punitive teachers
transfer programme targeting critics of TSC and the teachers’ unions.
I read in utter shock news that the TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia has ordered the transfer of one Martha Omollo who is described as the spokesperson of the Kenya National Teachers Pressure Group (TPG) from a school in Nairobi to a school in Trans Nzoia County.
Media reports indicate that the TSC boss Nancy Macharia has also ordered the transfer of 7 other teachers to far-flung schools or counties in an apparent crackdown targeting a lobby group named the Kenya National Teachers Pressure Group (TPG). TPG, we are told, is made up of young teachers who are frustrated by what they term the ineffectiveness of teachers unions that include the once gigantic Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT).
And so according to press reports, Nancy Macharia and the TSC is seeking to strangle the TPG while the lobby group is still in its baby cot. One of Macharia’s tactics is punitive transfers of teachers that are members of the TPG. So far, 10 teachers have been affected by the TSC purge and the affected teachers have been making their terrifying trips to the TSC headquarters to collect their transfer letters for the move to what TSC must consider its own equivalent of Siberia.
Now, TSC and it’s CEO Nancy Macharia have previously featured unfavourable right here on this kicker. I had listed high-handedness, impunity, condescension, egotism, unresponsiveness, cruelty and oppression as some of the qualities on generous display these days in the management of the affairs of the TSC. I had stated then as I do now, that KNUT was and remains on its deathbed courtesy of the ruthless anti-unions practices adopted by Nancy Macharia and the TSC.
And so it surprises not, that the new lobby group TPG is in trouble and on the receiving end of the same tactics that brought the once powerful KNUT to its knees. I pointed out then as I do now that the leadership of TSC under Nancy Macharia has demonstrated its vile commitment to the destruction of teachers’ union through unfair labour practices and outright evil tactics that now include transfer of teachers ostensibly to far-flung, hardship destinations.
Now, the situation at the TSC must be called out for what it truly is; a reign of terror. Constant reminders however pointless or futile, must be sent to Nancy Macharia and the TSC that the Constitution of Kenya is supreme and it guarantees every person including teachers the right to fair labour practices. The assault on the new teachers lobby group TPG and the strangling to death of KNUT ranks in the same league as the recent acts of arson in schools. As crooked students burn dormitories and classrooms, TSC has formed the habit of making huge bonfires using trade unions, lobby groups and even individual teachers considered critics of the TSC.
I also read, with a sigh of relief I must say, that the teachers pressure group TPG is considering court action against the assault by Nancy Macharia and the TSC. I say relief because, many times, law courts have saved this country from impunity and the same courts can save the future of teachers and the country from the TSC, and Nancy Macharia.
That is my kicker.