How TSC will appraise teachers' performance

Tuesday January 12 2016

Teachers Service Commission Chairperson Lydia Nzomo (centre) with the commission's CEO Nancy Macharia (left) during a media briefing in Nairobi on September 9, 2015. The commission has issued guidelines on how it will appraise teachers starting from February this year. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Teachers Service Commission Chairperson Lydia Nzomo (centre) with the commission's CEO Nancy Macharia (left) during a media briefing in Nairobi on September 9, 2015. The commission has issued guidelines on how it will appraise teachers starting from February this year. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JEREMIAH KIPLANG'AT
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Teachers will be evaluated on how they prepare schemes of work, lessons plans and whether they follow the syllabus when appraisal begins next month.  

In the appraisal forms seen by the Nation, teachers would also be assessed on the ability to make learning aids, observance and effective use of time in class, attendance of lessons, staff meetings and participation in co-curricular activities.

They will be evaluated on how they use information technology to advance their skills.

Headteachers and principals would be gauged on implementation of strategic plans, leadership and management skills, how they manage school property, safety measures for the learners and how they deal with parents and visitors.

How they follow the law when procuring property, food and other items for the school would also be an area of concern.  

Teachers Service Commission Head of Communication Kihumba Kamotho on Monday said the appraisal was yet to begin.

He added that what was being done was an awareness campaign to prepare tutors for evaluation in February. 

“The awareness is being overseen by county directors of education. After that, we will begin appraisals,”  Mr Kamotho said.

HOW IT WILL BE DONE

Ordinary tutors would fill a Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development form while heads would fill a one-year performance contract.

The contract has a raft of objectives to be met before it can be renewed.

Teachers in primary schools would be appraised by deputy headteachers and reports presented to heads.

A deputy head would appraised by the headteacher and the report presented to the sub-county director of education.

Headteachers would be assessed by sub-county directors of education and reports given county directors.

In post-primary institutions, including secondary schools and technical centres, teachers would be appraised by heads of department who in turn would be evaluated by deputy principals.

Deputy principals would be assessed by principals and their reports forwarded to sub-county directors of education.

Principals would, in turn, be assessed by county directors of education.  

Teachers who refuse to be appraised risk dismissal.  

The commission has also ordered headteachers and their deputies to conduct appraisals in their schools, failure to which they would face disciplinary action.

The teacher’s employer warned the 298, 000 tutors against dodging the appraisal.

“The commission may take disciplinary action against a teacher who fails to complete and submit an appraisal report to the supervisor or refuses or neglects to discuss or sign the appraisal report,” the TSC says in the evaluation form.