TSC has receive numerous transfer applications especially towards the end of this month. Most of the teachers are applying for transfer as the general elections nears. Here are few things you need to know if you are considering transfer application.

In a TSC circular of 4th April 2022, Dr Nancy Macharia indicated that the process of staffing of schools will be guided by ‘staffing norms’ to in order to achieve the optimal utilization of teachers and lessen disparities in teacher distribution.

“Despite numerous efforts by the Commission to address teacher shortages across the country, the situation is always compounded by irregular teacher distribution thereby, creating an imbalance that affects delivery of service in the teaching sector.

Further, the teacher staffing imbalance continues to limit the initiative toward the equitable distribution of the teaching Resource. If unchecked, this will adversely impact learning outcomes in our learning Institutions,” said Dr Macharia.

TSC suspended delocalization policy due to outcries from teachers who are hotly opposed to it claiming that it is tearing their families apart.

Macharia said the Commission will consider some items when transferring teachers such as; ‘First in, first out factor’Gender balance where applicable’ and ‘Teacher’s security where applicable ‘.

Macharia outlined the following factors to be considered during the transfer exercise.

1. The age of the teacher:

Teachers who are aged 56 years and above will be exempted from the transfer out of the area of their current work stations.

2. Health status:

Teachers with proven cases of fatal illness will be excused from transfers out of the current sub county of work.

However, the Committee will evaluate each case on its own merit taking into consideration the supporting medical documents, the availability and accessibility to the appropriate medical facilities amongst other factors in the proposed station.

3. Teachers with Disabilities;

Teachers with disability and have necessary certification will be exempted from transfers outside their current station sub-County.

When transferring teachers, importance shall be given to schools within the sub county within the targeted shortage before transferring out of the sub county.

4. Family structure considerations:

Transfer couples who are employees of the Commission and have formally declared their marital status in the same neighborhood where possible.

5. Length of stay since first appointment:

The teacher must have served in a station for at least three (3) years and five (5) years for North Eastern and other areas respectively since your first appointment; unless otherwise authorized by the Commission Secretary.


Pending: This is displayed once the teacher’s application is successfully delivered awaiting comments from respective supervisors.

Acknowledged: This is shown if the teacher is eligible for the transfer and awaiting the availability of vacancy or the teacher’s suitable replacement.

Not Approved: This is shown when the teacher’s request is not accepted. This is so if the teacher has not met minimum conditions set as per the transfer policy for instance having not served in the current station for a period of not less than five years since first appointment, lack of suitable replacement or vacancy among other reasons.

Approved: This is presented after the transfer committee approves the teachers transfer application. The teachers transfer letter is then issued through the principal in the case of post primary institutions and through the County Director in the case of primary school.

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