The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has finally reviewed rules that apply to teachers’ transfers with the current ongoing transfer exercise intended to ensure the balancing of teaching staff in schools across the country.
Previously teachers were required to have served for a period of at least five years in their current stations before being eligible for transfer.
Several teachers with fewer than five years of service were impacted by the continuing transfers exercise, which was meant to balance the workforce across the country.
The TSC circular 2022 states that the Commission hinted at making teachers who had been employed for at least three (3) years before their initial appointment eligible for transfers
The transfer policy, dubbed the ‘delocalization policy’, was established in January 2018 and made teachers work outside their home counties, with massive transfers set to be affected in April and August of the same year.
Previously, the transfer policy did not consider family matters, with married teachers being transferred to far-flung stations making family life difficult and family reunions only possible during the holidays.
The new 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), signed on July 13, 2021, gave teachers hope that there is a chance to be reunited with their families while working with the Commission has reviewed considered married couples.
This simply meant that teachers could be transferred to schools near their partners, depending on the availability of vacancies in the proposed stations.
Over time, the transfer policy failed to consider the needs of married instructors who were transferred to distant stations, which made it impossible for families to coexist and limited the timing of family reunions to the holidays.
This meant that, if possible, instructors might be transferred to schools close to their partners, depending on the need for an appropriate replacement, the availability of vacancies in the suggested stations, and the need for equal distribution.