Parliament rejects TSC chair nominee
10 January 2013, 12:06
Members of Parliament want Dr. Lydia Nzomo of Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) to be the chairperson of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), rejecting the nomination of Kiragu wa Magochi as the chairman of the Commission.
MPs who stayed up until late night in parliament disqualified Magonchi saying that he did not perform better than Nzomo during interviews.
The parliament however blamed President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga for not appointing Dr. Nzomo to lead the commission.
The argument in parliament started when it was discovered that Dr. Nzomo’s name was not submitted to the two principals for appointment.
The MPs then demanded an explanation as to why the name was not submitted yet she qualified for the post.
In addition, parliament demanded a thorough investigation into the matter.
After the interviews, the selection panel ranked Dr. Nzomo as top after she garnered 80.3 per cent while the rejected Magochi came second with 73.3 per cent.
Tirop, chair of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KSSHA), scored of 81.4 per cent followed by Dr. Salome Gichura who scored 78.7 per cent then Julius Jwan with 71.8 per cent.
Other three names submitted by the two principals to be the members of the commission were approved during the tenth parliament proceedings.
Cleophas Tirop, Fredrick Ochieng and Adan Sheikh Abdullahi were approved and are waiting to be sworn in and take their offices as soon as possible.
This is the second time parliament discussed names of these who will lead the commission.
This comes after it rejected the first list that had been submitted by President Kibaki and the Prime minister.
TSC is usually responsible for employing and certifying teachers across the country.
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