In Summary
  • TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia said the rating has improved accountability “since headteachers are required to sign performance contracts”.

  • TSC chairperson Lydia Nzomo has also defended the new policy saying it is aimed at guiding and developing transformative teaching.

  • He added that teachers are not opposed to being evaluated but want to be involved in the development of the tools.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers and the Teachers Service Commission are headed for a clash over performance appraisals and contracting once again.

Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has threatened to call a strike on September 1 to push for the withdrawal of the appraisal, despite having signed the document that allowed it in 2016.

“Teachers are spending a lot of time in cyber cafes downloading, filling and submitting forms to the employer,” Mr Sossion said at a meeting in Nyamira County.

He added that teachers are not opposed to being evaluated but want to be involved in the development of the tools.

During a recent presentation to the National Assembly Education Committee, TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia said the rating has improved accountability “since headteachers are required to sign performance contracts”.

PROFESSIONAL GAPS

“The tools have institutionalised a performance-oriented culture in all public schools,” Mrs Macharia said.

The chief executive said the appraisal has provided a chance for teachers to identify their professional gaps.

“It has improved teacher presence and teacher-learner contact hours. The appraisal has rejuvenated professionalism since teachers maintain records,” Mrs Macharia said.

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