TSC Sub-County Directors, Curriculum Support Officers, Principals, Head Teachers and ICT Officers in Kisumu County have been issued with a show-cause letter over the TPAD Appraisal report.
“The purpose of this letter is to ask you to show cause why disciplinary action cannot be taken against you for this low performance in TPAD. Your response should reach your immediate supervisor by 8th October 2021.
Following the release of Term 3 2021 Appraisal Report as of 310 July 2021, Kisumu County was ranked position 41 out of 47. This is a bottom 10 position nationally with compliance at 66.19%.
Kisumu county TSC director Ibrahim K. Rugut in a letter copied to the Secretary Teachers Service Commission said the performance is unacceptable given that TPAD is one of the key reforms in the management of teaching and learning.
“Your failure to ensure 100% compliance in TPAD in your area of jurisdiction means you have compromised teaching and learning by 33.81% and by extension academic performance. Those who attained 100% to give evidence of the same.” Read a part of the letter.
The teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) on May listed 2,349 primary school teachers and an extra 827 high school teachers for failing to work out their Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development program on time.
The teachers, TSCsaid had either had an incomplete TPAD or an awaiting submission or appraisal, or the Tprogramountersigned by the school head. Following the listing, thousands of show cause letters have been issued to teachers over the TPAD offences.
Teachers, had until 6th April 2021 to ensure they are fully appraised and the rating submitted online. TSC formally closed the submission of term 2 TPAD on the 6th of April. But to be safe TSC says all teachers must follow and stick to the TPAD schedule of activities to avoid the last-minute hurry.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) alleges that the appraisal tools set by the commission have hugely demoralized teachers, reduced the teacher-children contact time and it is also expensive.
The appraisal programme is too expensive for teachers, since they spend a lot of time in cyber cafes trying to handle it. In some cases, the programme has pitted teachers against heads of institutions and heads of institutions against the county directors,” Knut argues.
TSC’s launch of Teachers Professional Development (TPD) modules sparked a debate, with the majority of teachers opposing the plan. Yesterday a court ruled that a case challenging the implementation of the Teacher Professional Development (TPD)Programme is urgent.
Justice David Nderitu of the Employment and Labour Relations Court however refused to suspend the implementation of the TPD program and directed the petitioner, Joseph Karanja, to serve all parties before the October 7 hearing.
Karanja stated on Monday that the mandatory refresher training by the teachers’ employer violates tutors’ rights. TSC began a professional development (TPD) training program for public school teachers on September 22nd, which will be used to determine promotions and continued employment.