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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Change of guard at Machakos county education office

Machakos county education department has new faces following the transfer of the Teachers  Service
    Commission director 
Stephen Mudho to Vihiga county Kenya. His transfer is as a result of directives from TSC which during the month of March carried out transfers of TSC county directors in some counties.
Among the effected counties include Machakos, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nyeri, Baringo, Migori, Nyamira, Bungoma, Vihiga , Nyandarua, Tana River, Mandera and Kwale. This follows retirements, transfers to other places of work and individual requests to move out their respective stations.
    TSC has at the same time appointed deputy TSC county directors and posted them to all the 47 counties. Machakos staffing officer Elizabeth Murugami was posted to Kajiado county. District staffing officer Mwala district Lewis Mutegi has been posted to Lamu county.
Before Mudho left, he had organised a handing over ceremony to the incoming director on April 13 this year as agreed by the two directors - incoming-outgoing - Muturi Ireri and Mudho.
    The district staffing and human resource officers from the eight sub counties were invited to the meeting which took place to address educational issues to be attended to by the incoming director and deputy TSC county director Lydia Njake. The Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association county chairman, Francis Muthusi, was among those who visited the office to be introduced to the new incoming director.
    However, allegations of teachers in Machakos celebrating over the transfers of the two officers an innuendo which on the contrary, the mood of Machakos teachers and education stakeholders including political leaders was that of disappointment on the transfers.
    Such disappointments were also expressed by Kuppet Machakos branch through a written communication to the commission secretary Gabriel Lengoboine, as well as Knut Machakos county executive secretary Nginga.  Other leaders who expressed disappointments included MPs for Machakos town, Mwala, Matungulu and Mavoko constituencies.
Allegations of extortion, bribery, demand for money on transfer, promotions, recruitment as has been alleged have been refuted as they are done through county management/staffing committees and sub-county committees.
    On demotions of principals and headteachers in Machakos, it is said that it was done based on adverse assessment reports on their shortcomings in breach of code of regulations for teachers, ethics and conduct.
 The cases of those who have been demoted have had to be approved and ratified by TSC head quarters through a joint appointment, deployment, and transfer board of commissioners.