The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has refuted continuing allegations that it intended to demote primary school headteachers without a bachelor’s degree.
In a notice published on August 22nd, TSC refuted a news report that claimed the commission had started a new data-gathering initiative to find teachers with P1 certificates and diplomas.
“We wish to inform the public to ignore this fake article being circulated through social media,” TSC clarified.
The inaccurate and deceptive news stemmed from a recommendation presented by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER), proposing the consolidation of nursery, primary, and junior schools under a single principal’s leadership.
“Ministry of Education to adopt a Comprehensive School system (PP1-Grade 9) comprising Pre-Primary, Primary school and Junior School managed as one institution. The term “Secondary” be dropped from the current Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools,” the team led by Prof Raphael Munavu Recommended.
This proposal raised concerns among teachers, fearing it would compel headteachers to pursue further studies.
However, the taskforce report did not advocate for demoting teachers based on new academic requirements
Instead, the task force suggested that the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with TSC, implement a one-year mandatory retooling program for all pre-service training graduates to align with the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) and enhance the development and retention of effective teachers.
In order to carry out the retooling initiative effectively, the team proposes that universities establish comprehensive Faculty Staff programs to prepare educators for competency-based teacher training.
TSC would also need to appoint three deputies in each school, but specific details about promotions based on years of service or academic qualifications are yet to be disclosed.
The Commission purportedly asked school heads to compile information such as their highest education level (P1, Degree, Masters) in an Excel spreadsheet.
Reassuring the public, TSC clarified that this request was not aimed at rewarding teachers solely based on their academic qualifications.
TSC had discontinued the recruitment of teachers with a primary school certificate and implemented a new requirement of a Diploma in Primary Education.
Teachers hired with a certificate are encouraged to further their studies, as TSC intends to cease the employment of P1 teachers by 2024