TSC transfers Martha Omollo a day after she called for change of medical insurance scheme

Martha Omollo

Kenya National Teachers Pressure Group spokesperson Martha Omollo addresses journalists in Nairobi on October 4, 2021. She accused Knut and Kuppet leaders of betrayal.

Photo credit: Mark Munywoki | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Teachers Pressure Group has been pushing for tutors to resist the Teacher Professional Development Programme.
  • A week ago, Ms Omollo was summoned by the TSC and was directed to retract the call for teachers resist the TPD.

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has transferred the spokesperson of the Teachers Pressure Group (TPG), Ms Martha Omollo, from Nairobi to Trans Nzoia County, a day after she called for the revocation of tutors’ medical insurance under Aon Minet.

TPG, according to her, fills a vacuum left by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) in fighting for the welfare of tutors.

Speaking to the Sunday Nation yesterday, Ms Omollo said the transfer is malicious and meant to silence her and other teachers from speaking against their frustrations under the medical cover, as well as other injustices at the hands of SC.

“On Friday I received a call from the TSC Nairobi County director through my headteacher who told me that I should be cautious of what I speak about in the media and that any issues I have should go through the teachers’ unions,” she said.

And at around 4pm, Ms Omollo said an official from TSC head office drove to the school and handed her the transfer letter that directs her to start clearing from the school immediately.

“To my surprise, the headteacher seemed to have been informed about my transfer as he had already typed and signed a release letter from the school,” recounted Ms Omollo.

In the letter signed by TSC official Mr Fredrick Mwaniki on behalf of CEO Nancy Macharia, Ms Omollo was directed to report to the Trans Nzoia TSC county director by Monday.

“The commission has decided that you be transferred from Nairobi to Trans Nzoia County with effect from November 15 to teach all subjects,” reads the letter dated November 12.

Ms Macharia also directed the Nairobi TSC director to inform the commission’s head office on the date she is released from the region.

She said her release should not take more than 14 days.

Ms Macharia further directed the Trans-Nzoia TSC director to inform the commission’s head office of the date Ms Omollo will report on duty.

“Please note that it is an offence to leave your present station and join another without formally being released in writing as stipulated in the TSC Code of Regulation for teachers,” reads the letter.

Mr Wilson Irungu, who is Mowlem Supaloaf Primary School head teacher, where Ms Omollo was teaching four subjects, confirmed the transfer and thanked her for her service.

Ms Omollo told the Sunday Nation that when she asked about the reason for her transfer, the TSC official said “the commission is treating your transfer like any other”.

After receiving the letter, Ms Omollo said she asked about her disturbance allowance, which is supposed to equal her salary, but the official was non-committal.

“I have decided to report to the commission’s Trans Nzoia office on Monday to be send to the school I am supposed to teach, but after that I will move to court because that decision was made out of malice,” said Ms Omollo. 

Ms Macharia did not respond to Sunday Nation’s calls or an SMS sent to her mobile number on the issue.

Ms Omollo said when a teacher is transferred, a letter is send to the county TSC director, then to the sub-county director and then to the head teacher who hands over the letter.

She added that the process does not happen in a day as it was for her case.

“I have already instructed my lawyer to take up the matter,” said Ms Omollo.

The TPG had called for the revocation of the AON Minet medical cover saying teachers are being frustrated when seeking treatment.

The group has also been pushing for tutors to resist the Teacher Professional Development Programme. A week ago, Ms Omollo was summoned by the TSC and was directed to retract the call for teachers resist the TPD.

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