June 24th 2017

Society / Education

Heads of under-performing schools to be demoted

“The commission directs all headteachers who record declining trends in academic performance should be cautioned in writing and appropriate action taken to address the gap,” reads the circular.

By Oscar NdundaThursday, 15 Dec 2016 14:28 EAT

Headteachers of schools which have been performing poorly in national examinations are set to be fired. Heads of schools which will register a mean score of 3 (out of 12) for three consecutive years will be relieved of their headships and taken back to class to teach, design, administer and mark assignments.

According to a circular by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia sent to all county directors of education, principals with declining performances are set to be redeployed or demoted. “The commission directs all headteachers who record declining trends in academic performance should be cautioned in writing and appropriate action taken to address the gap,” reads the circular.

The news were met with resistance from teachers' representative with the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary General Akelo Misori rejecting the directive terming it as a punishment to teachers. The Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) acting chair Indimuli Kahi said he was not aware of the circular.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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