Transfers ought to be more than just moving teachers around
SEE ALSO :County to put up Sh300m tutors collegeThere is no doubt that more time spent by a teacher in the classroom – and not selling a shop or doing boda boda business- would translate to a good learning experience, well-adjusted learners with better grades and happy students and parents. It also means that country’s human capital is well prepared. This newspaper hopes that in its teacher transfer plan, TSC’s motivation is to weed out bad practices and the few teachers who have brought disrepute into the profession so that only those fit and with the compassion to teach remain. Widespread cheating in exams in the past was attributed to teacher absenteeism and familiarity resulting from teachers staying at one station for a long time. Teacher transfer was seen therefore as one way, no less significant, of addressing this. Although well-intended, the mass transfer of teachers has now become the rule rather than the exception. But we hasten to ask; why fix, if it ain’t broken? Indeed, whimsical transfers risk clouding the real factors that promote a good learning experience for the students and the teachers. The most important lesson from Singapore- which boasts the best education system in the world is the development of excellent teachers. “In Singapore, they get 100 hours of training a year to keep up to date with the latest techniques. The government pays them well, too.” says The Economist.
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