Teachers under KNUT have not been on the CPG program since 2017 until now. The employer has clearly stated that the union is opposed to the new employment system and must lose all benefits that come with promotions and new wages.
The Teacher Service Commission since then has left teachers belonging to the union with a lot loneliness. The Kenya National Union of Teachers(KNUT) has been under the leadership of Secretary-General Mr Oyuu who was recently elected . This union has faced many challenges including significant financial losses.
The teachers’ unions have criticized some of the policies, including the re-employment policy. In this re- employment policy, many teachers across the country are forced to work very far away from their beloved ones and even families. This is not the case to local teachers who are relocated to work in remote schools.
The Teacher service commission should react in a very faster manner to help teachers suffering from this problem of re employment policy.
In some parts of the country, teachers always find lot of problems of being accepted by the community people where they are carrying the teaching activity since the policy began.
All these cries have been raised by most teachers across the country last month when a report circulated across all media platforms showing a physics teacher who was badly injured by students.
Mr. Pius Mugambi a teacher of Physics in Oldonyiro mixed day secondary in Isiolo county was badly injured vowed to kill him if he was not to be transferred. This became a worrying issue to teachers teaching in these areas.
Due to these sentiments from the learners has really made all these Teachers both local and non local to leave in fear over their lives.
The TSC should immediately do something about the same and rescue teachers from the reshaping strategy that threatens their lives so that they will have a friendly teaching environment.
Promotion criteria policy review
The teacher service commission has been using a Lopsided way or criteria which disadvantages the large percentage of Kenyan teachers in particular those teaching in county and sub-county schools across the country.
The Teacher Service Commission has been having a keen Concentration on the MEAN SCORES produced by teachers in respective schools which are prejudiced by range of aspects yonder teachers.
For instance, aside from the sub-county and county schools admitting learners having low KCPE marks after the National and Extra-county schools have taken the learners with best marks making the teachers in this schools get gratified with all the forms of glitches.
In reality most of the times they always do Convalescence roles to learners just to make them busy in schools due the quality of the students they have.
This is not the case in a secluded sub-county schools. Here you find students who in the evening after school change into bar attendants, boda boda operators, ‘Jaba Vendors’ and more others.
During the weekends they are the ‘Fudis of Mjengo’ without forgetting the nursing mothers. In the course of interviews, TSC uses the same gages to evaluate the performance of the teacher teaching in such schools together with a teacher teaching in a well artistic students who joined with very high marks and also a good number of them comes from families that are supportive to them.
TSC should make the promotion gages very specific and fair enough to all teachers. According to information from reliable sources, teachers are suggesting that there should be a reasonable way that will take into considerations the number of years a teachers has been serving in a particular job group as it is done during TSC employment process where they consider length of stay after graduation.
Through this no teacher will stagnate in his or her current Job group.Putatively, they should have duration categories with their marks as follows;
UP to 3 years – 20 marks
3-5 years-30 marks
6-8 years -45 marks
9-10 years -60 marks
over 10 years -70 marks
when using the above criteria one should have a positive report from agents about the teacher discipline, commitment and many more.
For consideration of performance and productivity of a teacher, TSC should consider developing a unique way of capturing the Value added performance of a teacher .
This will be achieved by capturing the learner entry behavior at form one- KCPE and the exit behavior at form four -KCSE. Analysis of the same should be done against the nature of the school the learner was admitted at form one.
The consideration of the nature of the school is very important because other schools have good underlying forces like support from parents, good school infrastructure and student stability that induces good performance in KNEC exam.
Other marks can be obtained from the individual teacher professional improvement, community affairs etc.
The performance of a teacher in co-curricular activities should also be analyzed according to the level of schools. You cannot expect a good progress in the activities like music festivals for a sub county school to national school.
This is because the amount of resources a national school has to offer training to its learners by purchasing the required music instruments than a sub-county school without even enough classrooms.
If TSC decides to follow this criteria in promoting a teacher, no teacher will ever stagnate, every teacher in the country will always be happy. This view is my personal opinion)
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