Knut wants TSC bosses jailed for contempt

Friday, January 22nd, 2021 00:00 |
Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion. Photo/PD/Samuel Kariuki

Bernice Mbugua @BerniceMuhindi

The Kenya National Union of Teachers now wants the Teachers Service Commission chief executive and chairperson jailed for six months for disobeying court orders, which suspended the implementation of career progression guidelines.

The union also wants the court to stay the implementation of the career progression guidelines.

Knut wants the court to suspend any action being taken on any applications that may have been tendered by any candidate, through the TSC’s website for positions advertised.

Knut through its Secretary General Wilson Sossion, claims that TSC despite being aware of court orders staying the implementation of the guidelines, has continued to place advertisements  and issuing circulars for implementation of the same.

Utterly failed

Knut claims that it has made concerted efforts to have TSC comply with the notice in vain-through the pending contempt application, protest letters and efforts to convene meetings in order to ensure compliance.

“The contemnors have utterly failed and intentionally ignored to comply with the court orders which were issued on July 12, 2019, requiring them to stay the implementation of the career progression guidelines,” he said in court documents. 

Justice Byram Ongaya in 2019 had directed TSC to follow the teachers’ scheme of service in promotions and should align the same to the Collective Bargaining Agreement it signed with the unions.

TSC returned to court to stay the judgement arguing it had adverse effects on teachers.

TSC argued that staying the implementation of the guidelines, is not in the best interest of the teaching service as it will lead to demoting institutional administrators, who have been deployed to administrative positions on career progression guidelines

“It will also stall appointment, placement and promotion of institutional administrators to fill existing vacancies,” TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia had claimed in court documents.

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