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Mary Rotich (l), TSC Director in charge of Teacher Management flanked by Kepsha National Chairman Shem Ndolo (r) and other delegates.

CEMASTEA, TSC recognise Science teachers

By John Machio.

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has launched a new Award Scheme designed to recognize Principals and ordinary teachers who excel in their respective duties as administrators and in classroom, Education News has learnt.
The Commission will also award Principals and teachers whose schools have posted good performance in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination for the last three years and have used ICT in lesson delivery.TSC in partnership with the Centre for Mathematics Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) and e-Kitabu have initiated a nationwide Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics teachers’ competition – Innovative and ICT Integrated Lesson Teacher of the Year Award (i-TOYA) that will be used to recognize top performing Principals and teachers in Public schools.

The aim of the Award Scheme, which comes in form of a competition, is to enhance teacher professional development in pedagogical content knowledge.
According to an Internal Memo (TSC/DTM/MEMO/2017) dated April 20, 2017 addressed to County Directors, the Acting Director – Teacher Management, Mrs. Mary Rotich, teachers in the Public Service who develop and implement the best innovative ICT integrated lesson will be awarded during the 2017 KESSHA Annual National Conference scheduled for Wild Waters Centre, Mombasa from June 19th to 23rd June, 2017.
“Principals are advised to nominate a Mathematics or Science teacher with the best innovative and ICT integrated lesson, and forward the name to the Sub-county Director’s office,” states Rotich in a memo copied to the Commission Secretary/Chief Executive, Nancy Macharia; KESSHA National Chairman, Kahii Indimuli and the Director of CEMASTEA, Stephen Njoroge.
The new Award Scheme is part of the Commission’s endeavour to improve service delivery in Public schools where it is collaborating with KESSHA to recognize teachers who have excelled in their roles not only as instructors, but also as lead educators. This is being done through an award system known as “The Principal and Teacher of the Year Award”.
There has only been one scheme designed to recognize Principals and teachers who have excelled in their duties as administrators and classroom-teacher. This award system is the Principal of the Year Award (POYA) and Teacher of the Year Award (TOYA).
These awards are designed to recognize the efforts of the Principals and teachers who in the assessment of the award panels have portrayed exemplary performance in the provision of quality education.
“There is need to ensure that such initiatives are supported so that teachers are motivated to perform in their different capacities. It is on this premise that the Commission in conjunction with CEMASTEA, KESSHA and e-Kitabu have initiated a nationwide Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics teachers’ competition – Innovative and ICT Integrated Lesson Teacher ofthe Year Award (i-TOYA)”, said Rotich.
To participate in the competition, one must be a TSC teacher; must be teaching Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Physics and must provide evidence of Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD). The teacher should not have been involved in any disciplinary case with the Commission in the last two years.
For Principals, one must be fully paid up member of KESSHA; must also be a teacher of Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Physics and must provide evidence of TPAD and Performance Contract (PC).
The nomination of prospective candidates for the award (i-TOYA)started at school level on May 2nd, 2017; Sub-county nominations were done on May 5th, 2017, with the counties conducting the exercise on May 12th, 2017, paving the way for the Regional nomination on May 15th, 2017
“Principals/teachers’ performance records, (TPAD/PC) and the school’sresults in KCSE examinations over the last three years will be verified at County level and certificate of verification signed by panel chair before submitted to the next level. Regional winners’ profiles will be submitted to TSC Headquarters by May 20th, 2017. Evidence verification visits by TSC Headquarters and CEMASTEA will be conducted between May 29th and June 2nd, 2017,” states Rotich.
To be eligible to participate in the contest, one must have undergone at least one SMASE INSET; have an enrolment of at least 15 students in his/her subject; provide evidence of good performance in KCSE examinations for the last three years. This will be in form of certified KCSE results for the subjects for the last three years; those teaching in Sub-county schools should have achieved a mean grade of C in the subject; those teaching in Extra County schools should have achieved a mean grade of B- in the subject; while those teaching in National schools should have achieved a mean grade of B in the subject being examined. SMASE County trainers’ representatives are not eligible for the competition. This is to avoid conflict of interest.
The panelists will require crucial evidence like improvement Index in KCSE for the last three years in the teaching subject; preparation of the learners for ‘life-long learning’, for instance, environmental conservation, waste management, and water harvesting and use of ICT in lesson delivery.
Regional panels will make school visits to verify and authenticate all professional documents for teachers, and also verify and undertake lesson observations of each of the regional finalists using the i-TOYA lesson observation guide. A video of the lesson will be recorded. Marks will be awarded at every stage of examination of the teachers’ performance.
Verification and authentication of documents will be done at the national level; psychometric tests will be undertaken. A pedagogical expert will evaluate all the videos that were submitted and then come up with the best.
Candidates will be expected to show evidence of digital content creation to provide mentorship. Teachers will be expected to provide evidence of activities he/she has undertaken in school in her/his area of expertise.
Eight finalists will present the lesson to the panel. Teachers will be required to showcase their ICT integrated lesson at the conference.

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