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Teachers defy KNUT, sign performance contracts

25 January 2016, 08:12 Joseph Njung'eh

Murang'a - Head teachers of public schools in Murang’a County have defied their union and signed performance contracts with their employer the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

In the exercise overseen by the County TSC director Ibrahim Aden, the head teachers were sensitized on what they entailed before they were allowed to go with the contract documents to sign and return them to the County TSC office.

Aden stressed that the performance contracts were not aimed at humiliating and threatening teachers as alleged by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) officials.

KNUT opposed the move to put teachers under performance contracts alleging some education stakeholders were not consulted on the matter.

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Murang’a North Knut Executive Secretary, Rosalid Kamina who was present told the teachers not to sign the contracts as the pact involved their schemes of service which needed to be discussed.

Kamina said although the move to appraise teachers’ performance was needed to ensure quality of education in public schools, the way in which the exercise was conducted was questionable and that the contracts could be used by TSC to intimidate teachers.

However, the TSC director told the 250 head teachers present that the commission did not intend to jeopardize their jobs using performance contracts noting that all civil servants were under similar arrangements.

“Putting teachers under performance contract should not be perceived as a way to punish them. Modes of assessing teachers have been there only that we have changed the style of doing it this time,” he asserted.

The director said by introducing the appraisal tool, TSC was aiming at improving education standards in all public schools.

He explained that the head teachers were required to sign performance contracts to make them accountable and efficient in utilizing school resources.

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