FALSE: Former KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has not been appointed as the new TSC Boss
Written by Evance Adede on January 11, 2023
There is no confirmed vacancy in the commission so far.
A YouTube video claiming that the former Kenya National Union Of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion is the new Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer is FALSE.
The information was published by a YouTube channel bearing the name “Shifting Grades” that currently has 25,700 subscribers.
The video, which was posted on 16th November 2022 was full of congratulatory messages and hopes for the transformation of the education sector.
However, on trying to dig deeper into these claims, we realized that these claims were not confirmed and no relevant body had spoken about them.
In addition, Wilson Sossion through his official social media pages came out and rebuked the claims terming them as fake social media reports in a post that has since been deleted. His statements can as well be confirmed through the post made on Twitter by KBC Channel. The nature of the alleged appointment was also not clear.
According to Section 8(1) of the Teachers Service Commission Act, whenever a vacancy arises in the commission, it needs to be declared by the commission through the Gazette and an appointment of a relevant panel is done for the search for qualified candidates for the vacant position.
The president is expected to appoint a chairperson to lead the selection committee that includes the Attorney General as well as the cabinet secretaries in charge of Education and Public service or their representatives.
From here the Federation of Kenya Employers put forward one candidate and teachers’ unions bring forward two candidates based on gender equity then an interview is conducted to pick the best candidates whose names are then forwarded to the president for appointment.
Screenshots showing the procedure on how appointments in the TSC Commission are done.
TSC has not announced any vacancy so far for these processes to follow and hence none of the above processes has been confirmed to have taken place.
On the other hand, the current TSC boss Nancy Macharia’s term was extended by five years and is expected to end in 2025.
This was as well confirmed by a TSC representative we reached on phone for a comment about the allegations and she rubbished it off saying there is absolutely no changes in the commission.
A number of leaders from different sectors, however, have on many occasions been seen criticizing Dr Nancy Macharia’s style of leading TSC for example the process of delocalizing teachers.
Moments after the passing of the motion to end the delocalization of teachers, a motion he sponsored, Lurambi MP Titus Khamala threatened to table another motion to impeach Dr Macharia from her current position.
A screenshot of a video of Lurambi MP threatening to table an impeachment motion against Dr Nancy Macharia.
We would, therefore, wish to render the claim that Wilson Sossion has been appointed as the new TSC CEO false.
This fact check was published by Sky Fm with support from Code For Africa’s PesaCheck and African Fact-Checking Alliance.