The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has raised concern over the scoring matrix employed by employers to promote teachers, claiming that emphasis is put on students’ performance rather than a teacher’s input.
The union claimed that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC)scoring system favours teachers in extra-county and national schools because of the excellent performance by students in these schools.
On February 10, 2021, KUPPET Secretary-general Akelo Misori stated that the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) and the Teachers Appraisal Development (TAD) used the category of schools instead of the applicants for promotion services to determine their promotions.
“It is obvious that county and sub-county schools cannot compete fairly with the well-established ones. A glaring difference between the two sets of schools in the entry qualifications for the form 1 intake,” Misori said.
For instance, if your mean has been low in the last three years then you will score poorly during the interviews. The maximum mark for a teacher with a mean of 11 (A- minus) and above has been set at 20. Whereas a teacher with a mean of below 2 (D- minus) will be awarded one mark only.
Another scoring area is the improvement index; with teachers who have recorded a positive improvement of 2 and above garnering 20 marks.
The CPGs were introduced by TSC in 2018 and has been employed for promotions since then.
However, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT)opposes it and also distanced itself from the 2017-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement meaning KNUT members have been left out in the promotions.
For a teacher to be promoted, the score is based on the performance of their respective schools in examinations and school-based examinations. The examinations mean grade is what determines a teacher’s performance.
The process by the TSC of filling 15, 726 positions started on February 8 and is set to be completed on February 19.
The 15,726 positions are supposed to be filled by 33,000 teachers who were shortlisted.
“Unless the interviews were modified, many qualified teachers including the ones with post-graduate qualifications the Teachers Commission had asked for might not get their deserved promotion,” said Misori.
KUPPET wants all teachers to be allowed to complete fairly despite the performance of their schools.