The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, has addressed the long delays in processing of salaries for newly recruited teachers. The Commission has made changes to the procedures of posting, transfer and deployment of teachers. These tasks will now be done online, as opposed to the current tiresome manual process.
Consequently, all newly employed teachers will no longer have to wait for three or so months to receive their first salaries.
In new reform measures, being implemented by TSC, the new teachers will start receiving their salaries at the end of the first month of their employment.
Under the new reforms, the teachers’ employer has introduced an online system to cut delays in the disbursement of teachers’ salaries.
TSC Secretary Dr Nancy Macharia says teachers will now, henceforth, report under new online reform measures currently being implemented by the Commission, which allows them to receive their salaries at the end of the first month.
The reporting system for the new teachers is expected to end delays in processing their first month pay from the initial three months to just one.
“In enhancing its transformation agenda set out in the 2019/2023 Strategic Plan, the Commission has successfully developed the entry/exit report module and migrated its services related to posting, transfer and deployment of teachers as well as filling entry and exit returns to an online system,” said Macharia in a circular to all education field officers dated August 24.
Casualties filling scrapped.
Dr. Macharia directed that there will no longer be manual filing of entry and exit reports commonly known as ‘Casualty returns’ for teachers under the new.
Principals usually write the ‘casualty returns’ whenever new teachers report to schools, data which is subsequently sent to TSC and used to pay teachers or undertake other processes.
Sometimes, delays in filling and sending of the casualties has led to long waits in processing of the salaries.
TSC has already sent a circular to all field officers spelling out implementation of the new online module on posting, entry and exit of teachers.
Also being affected is the deployment and transfers of teachers; tasks that will now be fully done online.
According to Macharia, the initiative is intended to eventually phase out all the manual processes pertaining to issuing, submission and processing of posting, transfer, deployment letters and related returns with the ultimate goal of enhancing service delivery to teachers and stakeholders.
“The module will be accessed on the TSC website where the user guidelines have also been provided.
The Commission’s field staff and Heads of institutions are directed to acquaint themselves with the module,” said Macharia.