Mombasa, KENYA: Teachers Service Commission (TSC) says it is committed to promoting teachers of different job groups to improve service delivery in the next two months.
Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday at the 12th annual conference of the Kenya Primary Schools Headteachers Association, TSC CEO Nancy Macharia said they will consider the performance contracts of teachers before promoting them.
Ms. Macharia said promotions will start in the next two months as the government had already set aside funds for promotion of teachers.
“In the next two months we will advertise 6,000 posts in job group M and 4,000 positions in job group N. A significant number of these positions will be set aside for teachers in primary schools and especially headteachers.” Said Ms. Macharia.
She added that the commission has been allocated sh. 2.2 billion for promotion of teachers. Part of the funds will be used to promote 10,000 teachers who are currently in job group L and M.
According to Ms. Macharia, 5,500 teachers will receive promotion in the next one month, most of them being head teachers.
This comes following complaints from teachers who say they have worked for years in the same position while others who qualify for promotion also left out.
She urged the headteachers to read and understand the TSC ACT 2012, to understand their roles.
She also urged the primary school head teachers to improve communication with TSC as they would love to communicate with the heads directly to get feedback.
She however expressed concern on the lack of enough teachers, saying primary schools lack 40,000 teachers while post primary institutions lack 48,000 teachers.
Kenya National Union of Teachers through the Secretary General Wilson Sossion who was present at the conference, said the government should also put other considerations in to place when making the promotions.
“Many of you Probably are thinking performance contracts, appraisals are tools to be used to determine mobility without recognizing your certificates; all teachers who have attained relevant qualifications that are acceptable within the schemes of services should be promoted by September and backdated to the dates they qualified in the universities.” Sossion said.
2016 annual conference of KEPSHA will close its doors on Friday August 12.