Plans For Fresh Registration Of All Teachers Concluded
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC), is done with its Plans to roll out fresh registration of teachers so as to regularise its staff data.
All TSC employed teachers who are currently in the payroll will undergo fresh registration from the school level to verify their distribution, utilisation and teaching specialisation in all public institutions.
One aim of this fresh registration is to ensure teachers’ data presently in various commission systems like Teachers Management Information System (TIMIS) and Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) matches.
Among the requirements for the fresh registration include national identity card or birth certificate and employment letters and designation letters. Teachers’ fingerprints will be used to capture their details.
TSC has made special arrangements to capture data of teachers with special cases, whose fingerprints may not be applicable.
The registration starts in April when schools reopen for Third Term and will be called ‘Teachers Biometric Data Harmonization.’
“The biometric registration shall entail validation of data of teachers in all public primary and secondary schools, Teacher Training Colleges, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) and Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE),” reads a concept by TSC.
Included in the registration will be special programmes and curriculum support officers in all zones in kenya.
The exercise will also help TSC update the existing information on teachers’ bio data and validate the staff requirement in all public schools and teacher training colleges by size and learner enrolment.
“The exercise will also reveal teacher distribution based on subject combinations and will unearth staffing gaps that will inform training needs for various subject areas,” reads the concept.
The process was scheduled for piloting in May last year but was shelved due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
Seven counties have now been identified for the pilot, which starts on April 22 with the national rollout tentatively scheduled for August/September.The counties are Uasin Gishu, Homa Bay, Bungoma, Nyeri, Kilifi, Kitui and Garissa.
A total of 143 institutions will be selected from the seven counties on pro-rata basis for the pilot registration. The institutions will include primary, secondary and teachers training colleges.
The piloting schools will be selected to represent different geographical and socio-cultural backgrounds.
The implication of the exercise is that the data captured will expose how teachers are spread across the country, a development that will inform rationalisation of the staff.
“We shall ensure optimal utilisation of teachers and also balance areas that we shall feel are not well covered,” said TSC Director of Administrative Service, Ibrahim Mumin.
This means some teachers will be transferred for balanced staffing as electronic registration will expose imbalance in deployment.
The exercise will also expose teachers who miss classes for unapproved reasons, as the commission rolls out a drive to hold its staff accountable through the biometric tool that will give up-to-date attendance data.
TSC plans to get real time clock-in data of teachers who attend classes, and absentee ones tracked and monitored through electronic devices that will be installed in schools.
TSC will also have data for all ageing staff, which shall help in effective planning for their exit.This will also expose teachers who faked their retirement age or those who may want to stay longer.