TSC to Consult MoE Before Promoting and Transferring Teachers
TSC to Consult MoE Before Promoting and Transferring Teachers. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) must now consult the Ministry of Education before deploying and promoting teachers, headteachers, and principals.
This will be a departure from the current situation, in which the Commission wields considerable power over promotion and deployment.
According to Prof. Raphael Munavu’s education reform taskforce report, the TSC has been directed to harmonize teacher management standards on deployment, advancement of teachers and institutional administrators, and teacher welfare.
Stakeholders, notably institution heads, raised worry over the lack of negotiations between TSC and the MoE on teacher advancement and transfer.
Other problems included failing to recognize and compensate teachers with master’s and doctoral degrees, failing to hire technical subject teachers in TTCs, and failing to consider other factors such as experience and effectiveness when promoting teachers under the Career Progression Guideline (CPG).
According to the report, there were serious concerns about the welfare of teachers in service as a result of non-consultative transfers and appointments of institutional administrators between the TSC and the MoE, the delocalization policy, fragmented in-service teacher education programs, and the lack of a framework for collaboration between partners providing teacher education and management services.
Additional difficulties included the promotion of Special Needs Education (SNE) teachers, curriculum support officers, secretariat staff, and the development of criteria for instructors employed by the Board of Management.
The confrontation between the TSC and the Education Ministry began when then-TSC Secretary Gabriel Lengoiboni eliminated the ability of Provincial Directors of Education and District Education Officers, who were then under the Ministry, to control teachers.
And now, if the PWPER’s proposal is completely implemented, the Ministry of Education will reclaim its control and be able to influence how teachers are assigned to positions and promoted, particularly heads of institutions who supervise a major chunk of school money.
After being centralized, the Ministry regained entire control over quality assurance and standards, with TSC QAS officers required to be transferred to the MOE within 6 months.