Performance contracting for teachers launched

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Tuesday rolled out performance contracting tools for public school teachers in Nyamira county with an assurance that the document was better placed to improve on service delivery.

Nyamira County Director of TSC John Odongo held a field day with more than 200 principals from various secondary schools in the region and called for a deeper understanding of the document which he termed as good compared to previous means of assessing performance.

“Unlike the old days when only the principal would have a secret opportunity to appraise a teacher, this one is open and it is done in a manner which allows an interactive agreement between the appraiser and his appraise,” said Mr Odongo.

According to the director, all school heads were supposed to fill out the performance contracting forms before leading their staffs in doing so.

However,the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) had earlier issued a warning to its members against signing the contracts until the government clarified the motive behind the documents based on fears that teachers would be victimised and penalised.

Knut National Treasurer John Matiang’i has already issued a warning to teachers against signing the documents, citing inappropriate approaches by the teachers’ employer in addressing the issue of performance in schools.

“We want to issue caution to all our members that never should anyone touch those performance contract forms. Those are hot potatoes and you should restrain yourself from touching them until the union settles the matter comprehensively,” said the Treasurer in an earlier interview with KNA.

According to Matiang’i, the commission was playing a losing game in improving education standards by introducing the contracting programme.

He said the only way the State could help uplift learning standards was by ensuring there was proper staffing and teachers worked with motivation.

But speaking during the performance contracting workshop,Nyamira Secondary Schools Heads Association Chairman Andrew Gesora said the exercise was good and allayed fears that it did not mean any good to teachers.

He said that the exercise was good since it improved interaction between the employer and employee for better results.

By Erick Ongeri

Source: Kenya News Agency