TSC Employees on Leave recalled Ahead of January reopening
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has recalled a section of its officers who are on leave to report back to work. This happens at a time when the government is in a final push to make schools safety and secure ahead of opening.
through a circular sent to all regional, county and sub-county directors, TSC directs that the roles of these officers will be reinforce compliance of the Covid-19 protocols when schools reopen on 21st January 2021.
“Together with other government agencies you are required to spearhead compliance of safety measures already put in place by Ministry of Health to contain and mitigate the spread of corona virus disease within the school community,” Reads the circular signed by Nancy Macharia.
The circular, signed on 28th December 2020, confirmed TSC has organized a Covid-19 Technical and Response Team at the head office, which will coordinate and receive all reports from the officers.
At the school level, teachers are required to constitute institutional to coordinate response strategies. The Covid-19 response teams at institutional level will comprise five members; one learner/trainee, one non-teaching staff, one BOM member and two teachers.
The latest directive by TSC therefore means that the government will now rely on teachers for the successful re-opening of schools and adherence to the safety protocols.
The field officers, who have been ordered by TSC to resume work immediately, will be performing the following roles, with regards to Covid-19:
- Supervising the institutions’ adherence to covid-19 safety protocols.
- Conducting physical monitoring and evaluation of all schools once they reopen, to ensure safety and welfare of learners and staff.
- Liaising with school administrators to receive feedback on any challenges experienced in implementing the health protocols. This will include identifying risks and deploying swift actions to mitigate the risks so as to safeguard effective curriculum implementation.
- Creating a clear channel of communication and providing support and guidance to all institutional administrators.
“Regional directors will be required to liaise with the Covid-19 Technical and Response Team at the head office and provide status reports on all challenges experienced on a daily basis,” directed Macharia in the circular.
The TSC officers will be required to coordinate with the Ministry of Health and other trained teachers to offer psycho-social support to learners and teachers adversely affected by the disease.
Teachers will be required to develop criteria of identifying learners/trainees and staff who may require specialised psycho-social support and link them to certified counselors or social workers.
TSC further directs that administrative measures to ensure no interruption of the school calendar activities be put in place.