Teachers embrace TSC TPAD System
According to a confidential Teachers Service Commission (TSC) document, teachers have almost unanimously embraced the performance appraisal system implemented five years ago.
By the end of Term 3 in April, more than 93% had completed the appraisal forms, compared to 87% at the end of Term 2 and 86% at the end of the first term.
According to the status report by TSC Director of Quality and Standards Dr. Mugwuku Nthamburi, by the end of the third term, 341,760 teachers had completed the forms, an increase of 4,917 from the previous term.
The Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development tool was introduced in 2017 in fits and starts due to opposition from teachers’ unions and tutors, primarily due to the novelty of assessing their productivity.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers both opposed the policy change, claiming that they were not consulted and that the evaluation process was time-consuming and inefficient.
They accused the TSC of interfering with learning and teaching by requiring teachers to spend long periods of time in cyber cafes downloading and filling out appraisal forms.
Teachers complained that the paperwork was time-consuming and necessitated the use of reliable Internet, which they claimed was unavailable in some areas.
TSC, on the other hand, explained that the system was a tool to help it get real-time feedback about what was going on in schools, teachers’ competencies, gaps in training, and individual school standards of teaching and learning.
According to Dr. Nthamburi’s report to TSC regional directors, 22,607 teachers, or 6.61 percent, did not complete the term three processes, and their appraisals were pending at various stages.
4,703 teachers did not complete their own appraisals, 5,829 submitted their forms but were not appraised by their supervisors, and 6,059 forms had missing signatures.
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He requested that the directors send a report outlining the reasons for non-compliance in their counties, as well as a list of teachers who have not been captured in the system and why, a table of missing schools, and an explanation for why some forms had missing signatures.
He also asked the directors to demonstrate how they would ensure 100% compliance in their areas, as well as make suggestions on how to improve the online system.