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The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is responsible for recruiting teachers in Kenya. They also play a crucial role in the performance appraisal of teachers until their retirement.
With the introduction of the competency-based curriculum (CBC), TSC has retrained teachers and created the TSC TPAD 2, a teacher performance appraisal and development tool.
The tool makes it easier for teachers to upload their appraisal data quickly.
Roles of Different Teacher Categories in the New TPAD
TSC has classified the various roles of teachers, school heads, and deputy heads. The three categories of teachers have their separate portals for self-appraisal.
Each teacher must find the portal for their category from the TPAD home page and then proceed with the self-appraisal.
Roles of School Heads
The bulk of roles goes to school heads because they are responsible for the smooth running of schools. Below are the roles assigned to them:
- Ensure that all the teachers in their schools are captured on the Teachers Management Information System (TMIS) and activate all teachers on TPAD.
- Arbitrate and countersign all teacher appraisal forms, including the ones for their deputies.
- Appraise the Deputy Head/Principal at the school level through scheduled appraisal meetings.
- Training all teachers on the new TPAD.
- Expunging teachers who have left their institution from both TMIS and TPAD.
Roles of Deputy Head
The second in command when it comes to school administration has been assigned the following responsibilities in the new TPAD:
- Observing all Heads of Departments, also known as HODs and Classroom Teachers, as they perform their duties.
- Updating the weekly lesson attendance registers of teachers.
- Appraising all Heads of departments and classroom teachers through scheduled appraisal meetings.
What is Different in the New TPAD Tool?
Unlike the old TPAD, which had seven areas to be filled, the new TPAD comes with only five standard areas. The areas provided for in the tool are:
- Professional knowledge and practice
- Comprehensive learning environment
- Teacher professional development
- Teacher conduct and professionalism
- Participation in a professional learning community
Procedure for Creating a New TSC TPAD 2 Account
Creating a new TPAD account is quite simple and straightforward. Follow the steps outlined below:
- Go to the account creation portal from where you will access the TPAD2 account login page.
- A form will be shown requiring you to input your TSC number, ID number, phone number, email address, and password. Those are the details you will use to create your account.
- Click on the ‘create’ button, and a success message will be displayed.
- An SMS token will be sent to your phone for the TPAD2 account activation. Use the code sent to you to verify the token and complete the registration process.
Adding Your Biodata
After creating your TPAD account, the next step is to add your biodata. Begin by adding your level of education as well as subject combination details. The steps at this level include:
- Add your information, such as institution information and contact information.
- Select your subject combination and add the subjects that you teach.
- Add the level of education, KSCE grade, and institution of study.
Login and Filling Appraisal Data
The TPAD login account is accessed with the password you created when registering your account. After that, you will be expected to fill out appraisal forms online. This stage is completed with the following steps:
Click on “proceed to login” and enter your account details. After logging in, you will be directed to the TPAD dashboard, which displays your profile information, appraisals, and other relevant information.
To start filling out an appraisal form, click on the “Start Appraisal” button on the dashboard. You will then be prompted to select the eligibility criteria for the appraisal, which may include your subject specialization, level of teaching, and years of experience.
Once you have selected the appropriate eligibility criteria, click on “Create New Appraisal” to start the appraisal process. You will then be presented with the five standard areas for appraisal in the new TPAD tool: Professional knowledge and practice, Comprehensive learning environment, Teacher professional development, Teacher conduct and professionalism, and Participation in a professional learning community.
For each of these areas, you will be required to fill out the corresponding form with information about your performance. The forms are designed to capture specific aspects of your teaching practice, such as your subject knowledge, classroom management skills, lesson planning and delivery, and professional growth and development.
As you fill out the appraisal forms, ensure that you provide accurate and detailed information about your performance. Be honest and objective in your self-assessment, and provide evidence where necessary to support your claims.
Once you have completed all the appraisal forms, click on “Save Appraisal” to submit your appraisal data. A success message will pop up, indicating that your appraisal has been saved successfully.
Reviewing your appraisal data
After submitting your appraisal data, you can view and review it on the TPAD dashboard.
The dashboard provides a summary of your performance appraisal data, including your overall score, areas of strength and weakness, and recommendations for improvement.
You can also access more detailed reports on your performance, including your appraisal forms and feedback from your appraiser.
These reports can help you to identify areas where you need to improve and take action to enhance your teaching practice.