School principals are to be subjected to fresh training to equip them with managerial skills, according to new amendments to the Teachers Service Commission Bill (2012).
Those who fail to undergo the training, including other refresher courses for teachers, will be struck off the TSC register, say the new proposals.
Although TSC has now been made an autonomous entity by the Constitution, the principals will still have to report to the Education ministry for accountability and transparency, especially on financial management in their respective institutions.
These are some of the proposals that a team of top educational officials who met at Parliament Building on Friday came up with to amend the TSC Bill (2012) expected to become law by October this year.
Education minister Mutula Kilonzo, members of Parliament’s Committee on Education led by Mr David Koech, TSC boss Gabriel Lengoiboni and teachers’ union officials proposed the new plan.
Others who attended the meeting were Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chairman Cleophas Tirop, Institute of Curriculum Development boss Lydia Nzomo and representatives from the Kenya Private Schools Association.
Kenya National Union of Teachers chairman Wilson Sossion, however, said this training has to be “prescribed and paid for by the TSC and must be aimed at improving specific skills”.
At the same time, the school heads will not only report to the TSC but also the Education ministry in what the officials described as a move to “enhance accountability and transparency in the school system”.
This, they noted, hinged on the fact that education would be funded by the central government and the principals were the “point men” of the Cabinet Secretary of Education in their respective institutions.