School Heads to Earn Special Duty Allowance
School Heads to Earn Special Duty Allowance. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has successfully concluded negotiations with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to address concerns affecting more than 3,000 acting school administrators. This collaborative effort seeks to alleviate the career stagnation experienced by educators in these roles.
Recognizing the key role of Acting School Administrators, TSC is actively working to create a budget line for the Special Duties Allowance to provide relief to the 3,359 schools currently operating without a headmaster. This initiative recognizes the efforts of educators running these institutions without an official name.
The development follows concerns raised by the President’s Task Force on Education Reforms over the perceived rigidity of TSC promotion criteria. The report highlights the demoralization and potential burnout experienced by teachers staying in the same workgroups for extended periods of time.
The Ministry of Education is recommended to harmonize teacher management policies, including career progression guidelines, to create a more dynamic and fair system that recognizes and rewards the dedication of educators.
This move may prompt the TSC to reassess its promotional mechanisms and align them with the evolving needs of the education sector. The expectation of a fair and transparent career progression system brings hope not only to acting school principals, but to the entire teaching community.
While teachers await the official introduction of the special allowance, the positive outcomes of these negotiations are expected to create a more motivated and engaged teaching workforce. In the pursuit of excellence in education, this agreement marks a major step forward in recognizing and valuing the key role that school principals play in shaping the future of students.
School heads have a big role of responsibility and management of the school both financially and morally. Therefore they also need a good appreciation for their work to be kept motivated.
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