latest developments in the teaching fraternity might have far reaching consequences to aspiring head teachers, latest twist in the plot – C2 teachers are facing a blow in their quest for becoming deputy headteachers, all thanks to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
The Commission has thrown a curveball, stating that primary school teachers in job category C2 are no longer eligible for a direct promotion to the prestigious position of deputy headteacher. Ouch, that’s a tough pill to swallow for all the aspiring deputies out there!
It’s not just the hopeful C2 teachers who are feeling the heat. Even those serving as acting deputy headteachers while still in C2 are caught in the crossfire. Talk about a double whammy!
According to the Career Progression Guidelines (CPG) for teachers, no one gets a free pass when it comes to promotions. You can’t skip a work group like a skipping rope champion, my friends!
So, here’s the deal for all those C2 teachers dreaming of reaching the C4 promised land of deputy headteachership: you’ll first have to pass through job group C3. It’s like a checkpoint in a video game – no shortcuts allowed!
And if you’re already rocking the deputy headteacher role in job group C4, you’ll have to camp out in that group for a minimum of three years before you can officially claim the throne. It’s like a waiting game where patience is the name of the game.
Now, some brave teachers tried their luck, sending in their applications for promotion to school administrator jobs while acting as temporary deputies. But alas, if you didn’t match the requirements, it’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole – no dice!
But hold on to your hats; there’s more drama! The TSC Chief Executive Officer, Nancy Macharia, spilled the beans to the MPs, and it seems like teachers have been playing hide-and-seek with promotions. The positions are open, but the candidates are playing hard to get!
“We’ve been shouting it from the rooftops – apply, apply, apply!” says Dr. Macharia, half-jokingly. They’ve even advertised the job openings on social media and mainstream media, but it’s like trying to herd cats – teachers just aren’t showing up.
The numbers tell a tale of missed opportunities. Out of the 14,738 job openings posted at the start of the year, only 11,231 teachers made the cut. A whopping 3,507 positions were left unfilled, like a puzzle with missing pieces.
Now, you might be wondering, why the shortage of applicants? Some say TSC set the bar too high to keep teachers at bay. Mandera South MP, Haro Abdul, even wondered aloud if no teachers in the North Eastern region met the requirements. Tough luck, or maybe the mountain was just too high to climb.
But hey, let’s not forget about the issue of “promotion based localisation.” According to Dr. Macharia, it’s like a matchmaking game where teachers can only compete for openings in their home counties. No county-hopping allowed, folks!
But enough with the drama! It’s time for TSC and the teachers to find some common ground, like a group of friends deciding on a movie to watch. Let’s create more opportunities for promotions and give teachers the hope they deserve.
Some MPs have pointed fingers at TSC, suggesting that many teachers have been stuck in the same job category for ages. They’re feeling the blues, like a song on repeat!
Meanwhile, Dr. Macharia puts the blame on the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC). It’s like a game of “he said, she said,” with no end in sight.