Nancy Macharia´s re-appointment as TSC CEO sparks controversy

Written By: Serfine Achieng

Teachers Service Commission (TSC)

The move by the Teachers Service Commission to extend the term of Nancy Macharia as its Chief Executive continues to generate mixed responses. 

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The Law Society of Kenya through its president Nelson Havi has protested the renewal of her term terming it unconstitutional.

Midrift Human Rights Network also waded in, launching a petition in court seeking to declare Macharia’s reappointment null and void,

Amid rejection from LSK and the rights group, Macharia however appears to have earned the support of other key sector stakeholders.

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Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers officials has hit out at the LSK accusing the lawyers umbrella body of attempts to interfere with teachers’ issues.

The term of Nancy Macharia at the helm of TSC recently ended, and the commission immediately went ahead and extended her time at the teachers employer since then, opinion remains divided over her re-appointment.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers and the Kenya Union of Special Needs Education Teachers, have rallied behind the renewal of her term lamenting what they termed as unwarranted interference by outside forces.

Though the term is renewable for another five years, LSK says the position should be subjected to the competitive process according to the TSC Act.

The union wants anyone having issues against the TSC CEO not to use her reappointment to settle scores.

The giant teachers union KNUT has also dismissed reports that it is behind a lawsuit challenging the reappointment of Nancy Macharia.

A statement from Secretary General Wilson Sossion, disassociated KNUT from reports that (CG) “…the union through Midrift Human Rights Network filed a petition in High Court challenging the appointment of Dr. Nancy Macharia as the Secretary/Chief Executive of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for another term of five years.” 

The statement went further to indicate that the strained relationship between the union and the teachers\’ employer has improved but such reports may ruin all that.


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