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Transfers, absenteeism headache for teachers

EDUCATION
By Augustine Oduor | March 6th 2020

Transfer of teachers is looming because electronic registration of tutors will expose imbalance in deployment across the country. 

Teachers who miss classes for unapproved reasons will also be nabbed as the commission rolls out a major drive to hold its staff accountable through the biometric tool that will give up-to-date attendance.

Fresh details reveal that TSC plans to get real-time clock-ins data of teachers who attend classes as absentee ones are tracked and monitored through electronic devices that will be put up in schools.

And the commission shall also have data for all aging staff, which shall help it plan effectively for their exit. This means that teachers who feigned their retirement age or those who may want to stay longer will be exposed.

These are some of the gains the teachers’ employer will reap once the biometric registration of teachers is completed and data analysed by the Commission.

The major shocker, however, will be recorded when the TSC starts to balance its staff to cover regions not properly covered with teachers.

“We shall ensure optimal utilisation of teachers and also balance areas that we shall feel are not well covered,” said TSC Director of Administrative Services Ibrahim Mumin (pictured).

Past transfers under the delocalisation policy elicited sharp reactions from teachers and unions.

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But yesterday, all teachers’ unions, associations and development partners supported the national exercise during the first stakeholders meeting in Nairobi.

Also supporting the course were religious organisations, officials of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and persons with disabilities.

“We support this exercise fully and we want it concluded well because it shall help TSC to plan better,” said Wilson Sossion, Knut secretary-general.

Sossion, however, said that under the new curriculum, the data must ensure the proper workload for teachers.

Proposals have been made that secondary school teachers handle a minimum of 32 lessons of 40 minutes per week. This would translate to some 22 hours per week in line with the TSC staffing norms.

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