The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is under pressure to fill over 15,000 vacant schools with Principals and Headteachers.
Shockingly about the same number is set to retire by the end of December this year. Many schools are also in dire need of Deputy Principals, Deputy Headteachers, Senior Teachers and Senior Masters.
However for the Commission this problem is self inflicting. This is because TSC has made it more difficult for teachers to ascend to school administrator position.
After adopting the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) and doing away with Schemes of Service (SoS), its now not easy for a classroom teacher to be a school administrator.
Teachers unions, Knut and Kuppet are now calling on the Commission to lower requirements for teachers to be administrators.
Just recently the teachers’ employer has for the third time asked teachers to apply for senior school management positions.
TSC chief executive Dr Nancy Macharia said it has failed to attract the righty persons to fill the slots in two successive advertisements.
The first and second call for applications was done in January and March this year.
The move now puts on spot light why teachers are not rushing to occupy the positions of deputy principals, principals and chief principals.
It is widely expected that the perks that come with the top positions would easily elicit a scramble for the slots.
However, in a fresh advertisement, TSC still pleads with qualified teachers to fill some 1,001 slots within the next seven days.
Of these are eight principals and six deputy Principals both in Special Needs Education (SNE) schools as well as 987 Deputy Head-teachers in regular primary schools.
Dr Macharia has opened a window one more time for interested teachers to submit their applications between June 9 -15.
‘‘The Commission strives to ensure that teachers are promoted as a means to recognize and reward teachers’ effort and performance, align them for succession management/career progression and to motivate them to perform better in their duties and responsibilities,’’ Dr Macharia said.
In January this year, TSC advertised for promotion positions that would see 14,738 teachers promoted to fill vacant Schools and Institutions and others which had teachers in acting positions.
However, TSC said even with several requests to fill the positions, thousands of schools remain without heads of institutions and deputy heads of institutions for failure by teachers to apply for advertised positions.
‘‘The Commission also has a responsibility to provide Institutional Administrators for public educational institutions for effective management of public schools,’’ Dr Macharia added.
Among the affected schools are special needs public schools with special needs and disabilities learners.
Teachers’ employer had advertised positions for Chief Principals, Principals, Deputy Principals, Deputy Principals, Head-Teachers, Deputy Head-teachers, Senior Masters, Senior Teachers positions.
Of these were four teachers as chief principals, eight principals, and 15 deputy principals all in SNE schools.
Additional TSC wanted 7, 720 deputy head teachers to take over in regular primary schools bringing the number to 7, 747 teachers.
However, only 5, 155 teachers were filled leaving a gap of 2,592 vacancies.
“So far no single teacher has applied to be chief principal, only one has gone for principal, two as deputy principals in SNE schools while 5,152 for deputy head teachers were recruited in regular primary schools,” said Dr Macharia.
Two months later TSC re-advertised the positions apart from the four for chief principals.
In return the commission received 1,591 applications including Seven principals, three deputy principals all in SNE schools.
1,581 teachers made a stab at deputy head teachers positions for regular primary schools.