Following the poor performance in the last year’s KCSE , the Teacher service commission has asked the heads involved to explain the reasons for posting poor results.
The commission only wants teachers to give clear strategies put down to help in improvement from decimal performance. Also the commission wants the teachers to defend themselves why they should not be punished for poor performance.
It is evident that the number of students who scored 400 and above reduced from 9673 to 8091 , sciences and languages posting the worst results.
Two hundred principals are on red line and are issued with show cause letters for reasons of having extra cash from parents . This has caused panic across the affected institutions.
A number of teachers who have received the show cause letters are under investigations and there is the likelihood of more teachers receiving the Letter.
The Keesha(Kenya Secondary School Heads ssociation) chairman has distanced himself from the accusations saying that the principals found guilty will carry their own crosses for flouting government directives.
The ministry of education had also ordered the country directors to be firm on the ground and report Schools imposing illegal Levies .
In the past years, teachers have been punished by tsc due to the following reasons:
- Having canal knowledge of the learners.
- Getting involved in financial impropriety
- Absconding of duty
Once a teacher is issued with a show cause letter, in many cases the disciplinary process commences whereby the affected teacher is supposed to respond within a specified period of time.Whenever a teacher is subjected to a punishment criticism tend to rise tremendously towards him/her.
When it comes to resources in some schools they are meagre especially books, classrooms, all these project a negative implication on performance. Other reasons that can results to low achievers are external influences for learners including teenage pregnancy.
Absenteeism of teachers also play a big role for learners to fail exams because the syllabus is not covered in time. In this case a teacher invites cases from the TSC that might end up to interdiction.
When it comes to promotion of teachers some tend to stagnate in one job group for long because they have no results to table before the panelists during the tsc interviews.