By John Machio.
Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has initiated major reforms by creating two more directorates and establishing eight positions of Regional Coordinators, Education News has learnt.
The reforms aimed at provision of quality teaching has seen the Commission establish the Directorate of Field Services and the Directorate of Labour Relations to take care of industrial matters fronted by teachers’ trade unions.
The Commission is currently conducting interviews for the eight Regional Coordinators who are expected to be posted to the former provinces to coordinate activities carried out by TSC County directors.
The Regional Coordinators were scheduled to report to their respective stations on July 1st, 2017.
The Commission Secretary/Chief Executive, Nancy Macharia further announced that TSC has commenced delocalization programme where Principals and Head teachers are posted outside their home counties.
“Delocalization is already on course, and is intended to address cases of conflict of interest that may arise as a result of discharging duties. Delocalization will eventually be cascaded to Deputy Principals, Deputy Head teachers and senior teachers,” said Macharia.
The top Commission official said the other major reform that they have undertaken, is limiting the number of years a Head of institution should serve in a station.
“We have put in place a policy to ensure that Heads do not overstay in a particular school. Further, we have already started implementing this policy in some schools as changes in headship become necessary,” said the TSC boss.
The Commission Secretary said they have carried out reforms in school management to ensure that all institutional leadership positions are competitively filled.
“This will promote merit in appointment to public office. We’ve already developed a policy on identification and deployment of institutional administrators which will be released next month (July)”, she said.
The Commission has already developed a policy on Career progression which has made provisions for career development paths in the Teaching Service.
“This will go hand-in-hand with Professional Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) programme which is in line with the provision of Section 35(2) (b) of TSC Act
“The Act provides that the Commission shall require every registered teacher to take out a teaching certificate as prescribed by regulations made under this Act,” said Macharia.
The TSC Secretary clarified that the CBA signed recently with teachers’ unions does not allow a classroom teacher to earn a salary assigned to a higher administrative position while he/she performs duties which are non-administrative.
“In this regard, teachers currently holding grades for school administrative staff will have to be assigned corresponding duties once they convert to the new grading structure,” said TSC CEO.