Government makes key concessions in bid to forestall strike
SEE ALSO :No near end of Hijabs in school caseAnd speaking just a day after the President’s directive, TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia has called for an immediate meeting to re-look the policy. In her quest to break the strike, Mrs Macharia has also explained the critical points of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in a move seen to set head teachers against union leadership. “In order to strengthen the implementation of PC and TPAD, I have instructed the TSC Director, Quality Assurance and Standards Reuben Nthamburi to urgently convene a meeting with primary and secondary schools leadership to address any emerging issues,” said Macharia. She made the statement at Catholic University of Eastern Africa during a meeting of principals of Catholic sponsored schools. Macharia admitted to issues during the implementation of the appraisal tools. “We have listened to you and are aware there are areas you want addressed in order to strengthen performance contracting and TPAD,” she said.
SEE ALSO :TSC pleads with Knut to attend meetingHe also said all the points of dispute must be discussed in the coming meeting called by the employer next week. Defending the appraisal tools, Macharia said heads of schools have reported that PCs and TPAD enable them to focus more on prudent and judicious application of financial and human resources. Macharia also said the heads admitted that supervision has become easier, teacher absenteeism has drastically dropped and that teachers prepare schemes of work, lesson plans and keep vital learner progress records. Reconciliatory tone TSC also struck a reconciliatory tone with teachers, explaining various points of the CBA that she said are being addressed. “I am aware that you have raised the issue of applicable allowances in line with your current pay grades. The commission is working out the modalities to pay the allowances in phases within the life of current CBA,” said Macharia. Some heads complained that the allowances they received were paid at a lower rate after the new grading system. Macharia said in the course of implementation of the CBA, some headteachers converted to higher grades, which qualified them for higher allowances. Under promotion, TSC said teachers stand to benefit more from the current provisions of the CBA. Unlike in the past when there was no provision for common cadre promotion for teachers joining at the level of P1, there is now provision for P1 teachers who join at T-Scale 5 to progress to T-Scale 6 after three years, the TSC boss said. She also said secondary Teacher III, TSC-Scale 6 and Secondary Teacher II, TSC-Scale 7 are also common cadre grades. Sossion however maintains that the three schemes of service-for non-graduate, graduate and technical teachers and lecturers be reinstated. Under the old arrangement, all non-graduate teachers in job group G would progress through automatic promotion to job group L. Promotions were effected every three years and based on annual appraisals. The teachers could also move from job group L to N through interviews. Graduate teachers in job group P would move through progression to job group R.