Lurambi MP sponsors bill to disband TSC

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Lurambi MP Bishop Titus Khama at a past function

 

Kakamega County

By CGN Reporter

Lurambi MP Titus Khamala has prepared a bill that seeks to disband the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

Bishop Khamala said he will be tabling the bill on the floor of the house when the August house after the recess on February 14, this year.

Khamala, in his bill, wants the TSC done away with by the parliament and instead be reduced to a department under the Ministry of Education.

“TSC has instilled fear and suffering to the teaching fraternity with sacking threats and show cause letters whenever teachers demand for their rights. The commission has ignored court summons and orders from CS Education Amina Mohammed, that is unacceptable,” said Khamala.

The lawmaker said TSC had ceded its independence to other State organs and that key decisions they normally make are influenced by the political class.

The MP wants to remove the independence of TSC as the teacher’s employer and instead, all its activities be under direct supervision of Education CS Amina Mohammed.

“Already am lobbying members of parliament to support by bill and get the required signatures before presenting it to the floor of the house for debate. Ones the bill is enacted into law, all TSC commissioners and its CEO will have to go home,” said Khamala.

He said TSC has always depicted teachers as an enemy who rocks them from within   instead of supporting them in their quest to get better pay.

The lawmaker said he is also reaching to the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) to collect at least one million signatures in support of bill.

The move comes at the backdrop of another imminent teacher’s strike after TSC and Knut failed to reach a deal ahead of conciliation report as ordered by the Employment and Labour Relations Court.

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