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Teachers must sign performance contracts, says TSC

25 February 2015, 20:54 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Five appointees to Teachers Service Commission (TSC) waiting the President’s approval to assume office will ensure that all teachers in public schools sign performance contract to improve the standards of teaching and quality education in the country.

A report on vetting of the five TSC nominees carried out and tabled in Parliament by the National Assembly departmental committee on education, research and technology indicated the appointees’ dissatisfaction with poor academic performance in public schools compared to private schools thus performance contracts will make them accountable to Education ministry.

All the appointees had academic qualifications and experience in education sector contrary to the committee’s expectations chaired by Murang’a County MP, Sabina Chege to nominees from various professions. However, they asked qualified applicants from diverse professions to take part in future advertised applications.  

The nominees include; Mbarak Twahir who holds both a Masters of Education and Bachelors of Education Degree in Science has been working as the Director Performance Management in Devolution Ministry.

Twahir is opposed the North Eastern teachers’ en masse transfer demand from the volatile region stating that the move sets a bad precedence leading to balkanization of the region. He proposes a review to the TSC teachers’ transfer policy for teachers working in high hardship areas to serve for a minimum of three years with immediate transfers upon completion of the term contrary to the current five years.   

Kinoti Imanyara holds a Bachelor Degree in Education Science and pursuing a Master’s in Education and Administration, and has been working as a TSC County Director in Nyeri County and the National Chairman of all 47 TSC County Directors.

Imanyara proposes that all disciplinary cases for teachers should be decentralized and handled at county level to ease work at the TSC headquarters in Nairobi since delays in the settling the cases has contributed to witnessed teachers’ shortage in the nation because the affected teachers remain interdicted for a long time instead of being in class.

He added that more TSC monitoring officers should be deployed to counties to deal with cases of indiscipline among teachers such as alcohol abuse during working time to curb the rising vice.

Tachie Gollo holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Geography and CRE and served as a vice chairperson for Gender and Equality Commission.

Gollo proposes more TSC reforms for example raising the minimum entry requirement to train as a teacher for teaching to remain a profession of choice and not a place of last resort.

He added that an annual free ticket non-local teachers working in hardship areas should be introduced in addition to offering risk, commuter and house allowances to motivate those teachers.     

Beatrice Adu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Arts, served as a County Director of Education and has 35 years’ experience in the sector in addition to working as a TSC agent for 14 years handling teacher management issues.

Adu said is important for teachers to enhance their education for continuous professional development but warned most primary school teachers to desist from the notion of transiting to high school upon graduation and proposed that all graduate teachers in primary level will only be promoted in accordance to TSC’s guidelines.  

Albert Ekiripa holds Master’s Degree in Education Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Education Science and has been working in the Education Ministry as a Senior Deputy Director of Education for secondary and tertiary education directorates.

Ekiripa said there has been several challenges relating to lack of harmony between TSC and the Education ministry officers in the counties thus need to foster good working relationships between the officials from the two government institutions at the grassroots.

All the five nominees assured that upon their confirmation as TSC commissioners, they will work to bring together the TSC and the teachers’ unions to amicably deliberate and address issues affecting teachers to avoid witnessed strikes that affects innocent teachers and interferes with the academic calendar of public schools.  

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