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Elijah Maiyo, Uasin Gishu County Kupet Secretary-General.

Union protests TSC warning to Principals

By Wasike Elvis

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Uasin Gishu County Secretary General Elijah Maiyo has protested a recent move by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to issue warning letters  to Principals whose schools performed ‘poorly’ in the 2016 KCSE examinations.

Mr Maiyo disclosed that some 25 school Heads in the County had received ‘show cause’ letters from TSC. “There are many factors that contribute to poor performance in a school including shortage of teachers. The Education

Ministry and TSC has failed to deal with staffing issues in secondary school,” said Mr. Maiyo.

He wondered how the Government expects a school with say, more than 320 students and only 4 TSC teachers and 15 BOM teachers to do well in the national examinations. “How does the Government expect a school with more than 320 students having only four TSC teachers and 15 BOM produce good results in such an environment,

“said Maiyo. He said that if TSC does not post enough teachers to schools, it should not demand for good

results and ‘punish’ Principals. Those who received warning letters are Heads of schools which had a mean score of 3.0 points and below.

Figures indicate that only 88,928 candidates attained C+ and above in the 2016 KCSE examinations compared to 169,492 candidates in 2015, representing a 47 per cent drop in the number of students who have qualified for

university.

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