Teachers service Commission is a permanent government agency mandated constitutionally to employ and promote Teachers.
It’s constituted of nine Commissioners but currently has eight with the rift valley lacking a representative since Commissioner Cleophas Tirop retired mid this year.
More changes are expected before the year ends as the chairperson to the commission Dr Lydia Nzomo is set to retire after serving her non-renewable term of six years. The Secretary to the commission Dr Nancy Macharia had her five-year term renewed mid this year.
The latest commissioners to join are Leila Abdi Ali representing North Eastern and Mr Mbage Njuguna who represents Central.
Now who is Mbage Njuguna?
Commissioner Njuguna is a lawyer by Profession and holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Nairobi. In addition, he holds two post-graduate degrees viz: MA in international business law and MA in Agricultural development from the University of London.
He came into the commission to replace Salome Gichura who retired after six years at the helm bringing in a wealth of experience on legal matters and policy formulation and Implementation.
What is his Networth?
Now according to the documents tabled before the parliamentary select committee on Education and research during vetting, Mr Mbage Njuguna is arguably the Wealthiest Commissioner. He has a Networth of ksh 165 million although he refused to disclose his source if wealth. This money is enough to pay over 6000 Teachers at ksh 25000 each Every Month.
His appointment was marked with controversy as the committee members refused to approve him due to his lack of experience on Education issues and Teacher Welfare. However, he was later on appointed and consequently sworn into office.
At the commission, he is entitled to a consolidated pay of ksh 650,000, at least according to legal notice no 6519. He is also entitled to other benefits ranging from airtime, group insurance cover, annual medical cover, to retirement benefits.
Unions have been agitating to have at least one teacher to represent them at the commission in vain.
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