Teachers who perform well academically will be given first priority during employment as opposed to the year of graduation, a Teachers Service Commission (TSC) official said on Friday.
Speaking during the Meru Teachers Training College 77th graduation ceremony on Friday, TSC vice-chairman Cleophas Tirop said the commission will follow merit in appointments.
“Fresh teachers who scored distinction in their coursework will be given preference when it comes to employment.
“I want to assure you that we will not give priority to someone who scored a pass 20 years ago leaving someone with a distinction fresh from college,” said Mr Tirop.
He added that job progression will depend on the teacher’s performance and not the number of years one has been in service.
“We will ensure that teachers who are performing well are promoted in order to motivate them to work harder,” he added.
The commissioner added that job evaluation being done by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), performance contracting and performance appraisals are aimed at improving services.
Mr Tirop said indiscipline cases such as forcing children to repeat classes, forcing them to change schools in order to improve performances of specific schools; physical abuse, corporal punishment and sexual abuse among others will not be entertained.
“Sending learners’ home due to nonpayment of levies will not be tolerated,” he added.
More than 420 graduands were awarded Primary Teachers’ Education (P1) certificates.