TSC creates new roles over curriculum, rising numbers
SEE ALSO :School gets free classroomA report seen by School and College reveals that all job group S and T positions at the commission will now be filled competitively. Job group T is occupied by a deputy commission secretary while directors are on job group S. Also to be filled competitively will be regional directors and staff on job groups P, Q and R. According to the new reforms, the commission has split the position of director of teacher management into three parts to delineate functions offered to school teachers and serve them better. The three teacher management divisions to be headed by directors are those of staffing, field services and quality assurance and standards. Already, the positions of the field services quality assurance and standards divisions have been competitively filled and officers appointed substantively with effect from May 2018.
SEE ALSO :Hopefully I will go into remission soon“Delocalisation will eventually be cascaded to deputy heads and other senior teachers,” said Ms Macharia. She said the number of years heads of institutions should serve in one station has been fixed at nine. “We have put in place a policy to ensure that heads do not overstay in a particular institution. We have already started implementing this policy in some schools as changes in headship become necessary,” she said recently. The commission has also announced that school heads, their deputies and senior teachers would be recruited only on a competitive basis to uphold merit in appointment to public office. According to the new TSC restructuring move, the directorate of field services will drive performance contracting and teacher performance appraisal and development. The new reforms also target proper supervision of curriculum implementation by school heads. Recently, Macharia said teachers are now more focused and take more time to prepare for their work. “On schemes of work, they are spending more time planning for lessons and updating their teaching aids. There is more documentation on learners’ progress and it is also evident that more and more teachers are planning for make-up classes, sometimes even before going out of school for official assignments,” she said. The report shows as a result of performance contracting and teacher appraisal programme, heads of institutions have stepped up supervision by ensuring proper maintenance of appraisal records, curriculum audit reports, teacher class attendance registers and submission of staffing returns.
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