Uhuru asks TSC to fete best principals

Wangui Githugo @Wango_G

School principals whose schools posted impressive results in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam will be rewarded.

This is after President Uhuru Kenyatta asked the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to reward principals, schools and subject teachers who excelled to promote continued high performance even as those caught abetting cheating are severely punished. Uhuru said this as he received this year’s KCSE exam results from education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

And speaking during the release of examination results yesterday TSC chief executive Nancy Macharia called on school heads to ensure that teaching and learning are not watered down after the expected increased enrollment once the government rolls out Free Secondary Education (FSE) next month.

The commission further tasked county Education directors to provide analysis of school performances at county level. “As principals, you are aware that you now hold substantive positions with the signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) as you can no longer be deployed back to class.

You are CEOs and the only option is to perform,” added Macharia. She said they have completed the process of reorganising the headship of some schools in the country through staff deployment.

This will affect teachers and principals who have stayed in one station for more than nine years in both primary and secondary schools. Admitting that the task ahead is daunting because of the high numbers in the teaching profession, she assured that they would all be placed in schools that match the levels of their initial schools’ standards to enhance national cohesion and also bolster professionalism and commitment in the teaching profession.

She also said there will be rewards offered yearly to outstanding teaching staff and a range of sanctions given to those who will not follow stipulated regulations.

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