Teachers have been complaining for years about staying in the same job grade. The Teacher Service Commission (TSC) has proposed adopting automatic teacher progression in the form of promotion to the next job grade after a specified period of time (years). This is likely to boost the teaching profession and cultivate and expand their passion for the profession.
Teachers have an important role in defining a nation’s destiny through the development of the country’s young minds.
To address the teacher shortage, the commission has determined to assign more teachers to junior high and secondary schools.
A number of complaints about the standards used to select teachers for junior secondary schools are receiving varying responses across the country.
TSC has been challenged by the Kenya Women Teachers Association to evaluate the mechanism for promoting teachers.
One answer to this dilemma would be to implement automatic teacher promotions to reward exceptional teaching.
A system that evaluates teachers based on their years of experience and classroom performance would be required to implement automatic teacher promotion.
With this approach, teachers will be commended for their dedication and effort toward their jobs, and the protracted promotion process—which can be tiresome, unfair, and discriminatory—will be eliminated.
They will be given tangible rewards by teachers who have a clear path to promotion for their perseverance and hard work.
This move however fears opposition since some educationist from Career Progression Guidelines Committee can deny it. Terming it that many teachers will not put more effort as before. Since many work hard for the promotion and tend to take promotion components such TPADs and other Curriculum seriously.
Therefore, the automatic teacher promotion as suggested is still a matter of discussion but it is highly recommended by teachers to curb the teacher stagnation in the same Job grade.