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Appraisal sends teachers to class

TEACHERS SERVICE COMMISSION (TSC) CHIEF EXECUTIVE NANCY MACHARIA. FILE PHOTO | NMG
TEACHERS SERVICE COMMISSION (TSC) CHIEF EXECUTIVE NANCY MACHARIA. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Teachers and head teachers are now attending class more since the start of their appraisal last year, their employer has said in an annual report.

The Teachers Service Commission said in the report that the presence of teachers in school had led to improved syllabus coverage as the appraisal had reduced absenteeism in school and classroom.

The more than 30,000 school heads, 23,000 in primary and 7,000 in post-primary institutions, are subjected to performance contracting while teachers are subjected to performance appraisal and development.

“Learners are filling the lesson attendance register thus enhancing accountability and time management among teachers,” states the report by the Commission.

A UN-backed report revealed last year that nearly a half of primary school teachers in Kenya were not attending classes regularly.

The report put the loss linked to absenteeism at Sh27 billion a year as 47 per cent of school teachers were staying away from classes, 16 per cent of them choosing not to report to school at all.

Kenya has a total of 312,000 teachers.
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