A number of Secondary School principals in Murang’a County have been affected by the current reshuffle exercise being undertaken by Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
Transfer letters to affected teachers were released by TSC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr, Nancy Macharia, a day before KCSE results were announced by Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George Magoha.
The transfers have sparked political ripples with a section of those transferred, claiming the move is instigated by their colleagues who want to assume various positions in Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA).
The Principal of Muthithi Secondary School, Joshua Nderitu in Kigumo Sub County has been transferred to Thigio School in Kiambu County.
Kigumo Bendera High School Principal also received a letter moving him to Kanunga Secondary School, still in Kiambu.
The Head of Thigio School, Kamau Kamatu is slated to take up as principal of Kigumo Bendera from January next year. Kamatu has been servicing as a treasurer of KESSHA.
Kangema high school Principal Irungu Nduati has been moved to Highway High School in Nairobi. Irungu is a national official at KESSHA in charge of Drama and Music.
Rwegetha Secondary School head, Ms Lucy Koima also the association’s representative has been moved to a school in Tharaka Nithi County.
The Central region KESSHA Chairman, Danson Nginyi has been transferred from St. James Kiaritha Secondary School in Kirinyaga County to Kivuthini secondary school in Makueni County.
“I have been transferred to a day secondary school in Makueni County, leaving St James Kiaritha which has been a performing day school in Kirinyaga County,” remarked Nginyi.
At Kahatia Secondary School in Kahuro, James Kamau has been moved to Ragia Secondary School in Nyandarua County. Kamau will take over headship of Ragia Secondary School from Waita Nderitu.
Other Principals affected by the transfers include those of Mugoiri Girls in Murang’a, Naivasha Girls in Nakuru, Tumu Tumu and Chinga Girls schools both in Nyeri County.
An official with TSC who sought anonymity informed KNA that more transfers of teachers both in secondary and primary schools are expected to be released before end of this month.
Last year there was an outcry by teachers’ unions raising concerns over transfer of heads in both primary and secondary schools following claims that the sick and those heading for retirement were victims.
This year, a circular from the commission indicated that the sick and those heading for retirement will be spared from the transfers.
By Bernard Munyao