Teachers reject TSC annual jobs appraisal plans

TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia. file photo | nmg
TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia. file photo | nmg 

Tutors have rejected annual appraisals, setting the stage for a confrontation with their employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) 60th annual delegates conference in Mombasa made the decision to reject the reviews, which started last year.

“The delegates urged the TSC to remove the infamous TPAD/appraisals contracting as it has subjected teachers to untold suffering and unprofessional discharge of duty,” said the union resolutions seen by the Business Daily and which have since been forwarded to the government for action.

The TSC uses the appraisals to assign, train, promote and deploy teachers to various administrative positions.

Heads of learning institutions are subjected to performance contracting, which involves assessment of supervision of staff, teaching standards, curriculum organisation and implementation, teaching as well as learning infrastructure.

Others are financial management and compliance with the law.

In the teachers’ performance appraisal and development (TPAD, they are evaluated on preparation and use of schemes of work, lesson plans and notes as well as the keeping of learners’ progress and assessment records.

Other resolutions that were arrived at last week’s meeting include a demand that the TSC employs all trained and qualified teachers to save and protect the image of the profession.

“The conference totally rejects a reintroduction of contract or internship teachers as this was handled and resolved during the 2011 strike,” read part of the resolutions.

The Knut also approved the roll-out of free secondary education and the efforts towards achieving 100 per cent transition rate by the government.

TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia early this month said the commission had developed a framework for implementing TPAD.

“The programme will be rolled out in 2018 and will be offered in various models by TSC accredited service providers. The courses will be accessed at the school level, training centres during school holidays and online,” she said.