The teachers’ employer is rushing to assess the effectiveness of the contentious performance appraisal tools ahead of a planned retreat with a union. The Standard has established that top Teachers Service Commission (TSC) officials had been dispatched to all the 47 counties, with a list of questions to field officers and school heads to assess the successes and failures of the appraisal tools that the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has rejected.
The questions will be analysed to generate feedback, which will be tabled during the five-day meeting to be attended by TSC and Knut officials. Also to be discussed in the meeting will be promotions, career progression and transfers. Knut and TSC set a conciliation meeting to take place between September 30 and October 5 to iron out contentious labour relations disputes, among them the implementation of Teacher Performance and Appraisal Development (TPAD) and Performance Contracts (PC) tools. Knut has rejected the tools, arguing that the kits had affected the productivity of teachers and the performance of learners. With only a few days to the meeting, TSC has dispatched the TPAD survey instruments to all the counties to get feedback.