PSC inaugurates TSC selection panel – Kenya News Agency
The selection board for the recruitment of five members of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) was called upon to identify and recommend suitable individuals with the skills, competences and aptitudes necessary to carry out the mandate of the Teachers Service Commission.
The Vice-President of the Civil Service Commission, Ms. Charity Kisotu, asked the selection board to respect the values and principles of the public service as prescribed in article 232 of the Constitution when exercising selection.
Kisotu who was speaking today in the offices of the PSC, while presiding over the inauguration ceremony of the selection jury, appointed by the president, for the selection of five members to be appointed to the board of directors of the Commission teacher services.
“You must observe high standards of professionalism, give those applying for vacancies a chance to compete fairly, and exercise diligence and competence to ensure the right people are appointed,” Kisotu said.
June 25e this year, through Gazette Notice No. 6205, the President appointed the Selection Panel which will be chaired by Thomas Koyier and others are Dr Mary Gaturu (Ministry of Education), Charles Mutinda (Attorney General’s Office), Njoki Kahiga (Ministry of Civil Service), Margaret Lilan (Geno-Federation of Kenya Employers) and Richard Kibagendi.
The other members are Dr Hellen Hazel Misenda (representing registered teachers’ unions), Eva Naputuni Nyoike (Association of Private Schools) and Professor Stanley Waudo (an educator).
The Vice President also urged members to pay attention to issues of diversity and inclusiveness and ensure that they are considered as much in the selection process.
She also asked the panel to ensure that the names they pass on to the president at the end of the mission reflect the diverse communities in Kenya.
“I urge you to ensure that you meet a high standard of integrity, ethical standards and professionalism when embarking on this mission,” she advised.
She said their appointment to the selection committee comes at a time when the government has invested heavily in reforming and transforming the education sector through different programs, including the skills-based program, a need that requires that the exercise be concluded quickly.
The vice president asked the panel to start recruiting immediately, noting that a delay in the process could delay the government’s transformation agenda in the education sector and urged members to familiarize themselves with the TSC law which governs the process.
Kisotu also assured the members of PSC’s support to enable them to complete the mission on time.
“The education sector is the cornerstone of Kenya’s development agenda and holds the key to the success of our great nation,” Kisotu said.
In his remarks, Senior Administrative Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Kennedy Kihara praised the team for doing a good job before, thus qualifying for re-appointment by the President.
“We are guided by loyalty to the law and therefore you are required to obey the law in the selection process,” Kihara said.
Speaking on behalf of the panel chair, Koyier assured that the team will carry out their duties in accordance with the Constitution without any fear or favor.
By Susan Njeri and Njeri Kariuki