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Government prepares to sack underperforming school principals

27 January 2014, 17:10 Eric Dareel

Vihiga - Principals who have been in a station for more than three years and cannot raise a mean score of more than 3 will be laid off.

The Teachers Service Commission is planning an overhaul of teachers who have consistently underperformed, with a circular already in place.

Revealing the information, Vihiga County TSC director Mr Paul Kokello said that Muranga County will be the worst hit, as nine principals have already been identified from the region.

“Teachers who have a mean score of 3 for three consecutive years will be asked to step aside. The ministry thinks that such teachers were promoted illegally without considering the teacher’s proper ability,” Mr Kokello said.

Kokello spoke at St Clare's Maragoli Secondary School when Vihiga County Director of Education, Mrs Pamela Akello met principals from the county.

Kiambu County follows Muranga County closely with five principals having been identified in under-performing schools.

Mr Kokello said that the ministry will dig deep into the results of the secondary schools so that they can clearly identify those principals who are sleeping on the job.

He asked principals of the so deemed under-performing schools to befriend the principals of the outstanding schools in the region so that they can work out on the formula of seeing the region’s education standards rise.

“If we have such principals in these regions, then they must soul-search and befriend Principals of schools such as Nyang’ori Boys, Chavakali High School and Keveye Girls so that they can learn a few tricks on performance,” he said.

The remarks however drew attention of the teachers with many coming to the defence of those who may fall victim. Keveye Girls Principal Mrs Judith Ngome said that the punishment may not target the correct individuals responsible for the underperformance.

“Some principals inherit a difficult culture of underperformance in the schools and it takes them several years to establish their own competitive team of performers. I think the ministry should review this plan and go deeper than just underperformance,” she said.

During the meeting, many principals lambasted the ministry’s promotion criteria with most saying that they had been locked in Job Group M.

The education officials further noted that some school heads were frustrating teachers who had been transferred while others were creating unnecessary tension by creating fictional transfers.

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