Introduction of Automatic Teacher Promotion by TSC
TSC News Today: In response to the outcry of teachers for staying in the same Job Grade for a lengthy of years, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is planning to introduce an automatic way of promoting teachers.
The teacher Service Commission (TSC) is of suggestion to introduce an automatic teacher advancement in terms of promotion to subsequent Job Grades after the stipulated time (years). This is likely to encourage the teaching fraternity and foster and expand their passion for the career.
Teachers play a significant role in defining a nation’s future by developing the young minds of the country.
The commission has resolved to send more teachers to teach at junior secondary schools in order to address the teacher shortage.
Across the country, a number of complaints about the standards used to choose instructors for junior secondary schools are receiving varying reactions.
The Kenya Women Teachers Association has challenged TSC to assess the procedure for promoting teachers.
One solution to this problem would be to use automatic teacher promotions as an incentive for excellent teaching.
To implement automatic teacher promotion, a system that evaluates teachers on the basis of their years of experience and classroom performance would be required.
With this approach, teachers will be commended for their dedication and effort toward their jobs, and the protracted promotion process—which can be tiresome, unfair, and discriminatory—will be eliminated.
They will be given tangible rewards since they will have a clear path to promotion for their perseverance and hard work.
This move however fears opposition since some educationists from Career Progression Guidelines Committee can deny it. Terming it that many teachers will not put much effort as before. Since many work hard for the promotion and tend to take promotion components such TPADs and other Curricula seriously.
The ongoing TSC interviews are pegged on Career Progression Guidelines that were enshrined in the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement CBA.
Since 2016, the Commission has been promoting 1000 teachers with higher qualifications annually.
However, the Commission has been overlooking a huge chunk of teachers that are stuck in grade C3 for years on end. For a teacher to be promoted to the next cadre, he or she must:
i.have served as a Secondary or Primary School Teacher in the current grade for a minimum period of three (3) years;
ii. have a satisfactory rating in the performance appraisal process;
iii. Not be on interdiction
iv. Meet the requirements of chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya-2010 that touch on integrity.
iv. meet any other requirements deemed necessary by the Commission.
Candidates who are successful in the interviews shall be required to present valid Chapter 6 documents before they are appointed.