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Teachers Get Extended Maternity, Paternity Leave in TSC Changes

Female teachers will henceforth be entitled to four months maternity leave (120 days) while male teachers will get three weeks (21 days) paternity leave

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Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia on Tuesday, February 15 announced changes in the body’s policies on maternity and paternity leave.

Female teachers will henceforth be entitled to four months maternity leave (120 days) while male teachers will get three weeks (21 days) paternity leave.

Previously, a female teacher was entitled to 90 calendar days maternity leave from the date of confinement. This leave is exclusive of annual leave.

The application for leave should be submitted to the DEO/MEO/DCE through the head of institution at least one month before the leave is due and must have supporting medical documents.

As for male teachers, they were able to apply for paternity leave of up to 10 days within the period of spouse’s maternity leave. The application for leave should be submitted to the DEO/MEO/DCE through the head of institution at least one month before the leave is due and must have supporting medical documents.

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Macharia further announced that teachers would be entitled to 45 days of pre-adoption leave, during which thy will be paid in full from the day of adoption.

She also noted that an online platform would be used for application and processing of leave requests by teachers.

Macharia asserted that teachers’ annual leave would not be affected by their maternity of paternity leave.

“The Code of Regulation for teachers (2015) read together with the CBA (2021-2025), have specific provisions for maternity, paternity and pre-adoptive leave. In line with the said provisions all teachers are eligible for only one leave at a time,” she stated.

 

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MARTIN SIELE
MARTIN SIELEhttps://loud.co.ke/
Martin K.N Siele is the Content Lead at Business Today. He is also a Quartz contributor and a 2021 Baraza Media Lab-Fringe Graph Data Storytelling Fellow. Passionate about digital media, sports and entertainment, Siele also founded Loud.co.ke
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