The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, has extended the deadline for uploading term three (2018) teachers’ appraisal data. The deadline for uploading the data had earlier been set to be 10th December, 2018, for both the appraisee and appraiser. Teachers fill termly Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development, TPAD, data into the Commission’s online portal at http://tpad.tsc.go.ke:83; after filling the manual TPAD tools.
The latest move has been informed by the low numbers of teachers who have already fed their data into the platform; considering most of them are currently involved in the marking of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary, KCSE, examinations. The online portal has had a myriad of challenges already; suffering from constant down times.
The new deadline has now been set for 6th January, 2019, for both the individual teachers (appraisees) and their appraisers. The future of the appraisal exercise by TSC remains bleak after the Attorney General indicated that teachers’ Quality Assurance process is not the mandate of TSC. The Kenya National Union of Teachers, KNUT, is also opposed to the exercise that it terms ‘a waste of teachers’ quality time’. The Commission has, though, maintained a hard line stand saying the Appraisal exercise is here to stay. According to TSC, the appraisal is ingrained in the 2016-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, entered into by the TSC and the teachers’ unions.
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Another contentious issue, yet to be resolved, is that of the AON-MINET insurance scheme for teachers. A section of teachers feel they are not getting quality for the money deducted monthly towards the ‘fraudulent’ scheme. TSC recently, in October this year, renewed the AON-MINET contract for another one year disregarding the protests from teachers. Other issues causing ripples in the teaching fraternity are: delocalization of teachers and promotions for teachers on attaining higher qualifications.