Talks Over the Appraisal of Teachers Start Wednesday

By Ouma Wanzala

The Teachers service Commission and the Kenya National Union of Teachers are set to resume talks on performance contracting and appraisal tomorrow under a conciliator from the Labour ministry.

“Please note, this will be a crucial meeting,” says the conciliator, Ms Hellen Apiyo, in a letter to Knut and the commission.

The meeting, which was supposed to have been held on March 8, was pushed to March 23 due to the unavailability of the TSC management.

“You are reminded of your commitment to the conciliation to act in good faith and to desist from all acts that may derail the same or disturb industrial peace,” says the letter dated March 10.

Ms Apiyo was appointed by Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie in February after Knut sought the intervention of the ministry due to a dispute on the appraisal of 290,000 teachers across the country by the TSC, which started in February.

Knut and the TSC have been at loggerheads over the issue, with the commission going on with the appraisal, while the union has been asking its members not to participate in the programme.

The TSC insists that the appraisal will lead to improved learning outcomes in public schools, better teacher performance and the provision of support in professional development for staff.

The commission says performance contracting and the teacher appraisal system are anchored in the TSC Act, 2012

However, Knut argues that the appraisal tool employed by the TSC will hurt education.

Source; All Africa