Education CS to Vet and Appoint School Administrators
Education CS to Vet and Appoint School Administrators. The new legislation concerning the hiring of school principals from the Ministry of Education has drawn criticism from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and two teachers’ organizations.
The Draught Basic Education Regulations 2014 state that the Cabinet Secretary should appoint each institution’s head.
Along with the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), the TSC has steadfastly maintained that it is their responsibility to hire and develop all teachers.
All school principals will have to reapply for their positions if the proposal is accepted.This could mean that the TSC won’t be allowed to select her own direct agent any longer.
If it is determined that the current principals are unable to manage the school’s resources, new individuals may be hired to operate the schools in accordance with the legislation.
Each Institutional Director shall have a term of five years and shall be eligible for reappointment for two subsequent terms of five years each, subject to the provisions of the then-current laws.
Based on a candidate’s performance over the past five years in the same post, re-appointment requirements will be determined.
The rules state that an official may be reappointed for a third term to serve at a different school after serving two terms of five years at the same institution.
Part 92 of the Basic Education Regulations 2014 includes various topics. The recommendation was rejected by Knut and Kuppet on Tuesday because they thought it was “dishonest and almost provocative.”
They said that because only the TSC is legally permitted to do so, the ministry has no right to hire new staff.
It was also made public that union leaders and ministry representatives had a meeting last week and had come to an agreement on a number of problematic areas, only for the government to “break” the deal.