13. The core functions of the KNEC are to:
- develop national examination tests;
- register candidates for the KNEC examinations;
- conduct examinations and process the results;
- award certificates and diplomas to successful candidates;
- issue replacement certificates and diplomas;
- conduct educational assessment research;
- Conduct examinations on behalf of foreign exam boards.
14. What is the composition of the board of Management of a school and how are they chosen?
B.O.M is established under Section 55 of The Basic Education Act 2013.It is composed of;
- The head of the schools as the secretary of the board,
- 6 persons elected to represent parents or local community in case of County Sec. School
- 1 person nominated by the county board.
- 1 person representing teaching staff elected by teachers.
- 3 representatives of school sponsor
- 1 person to represent special interest group.
- 1 person to represent persons with special needs.
- 1 representative of the student council as an ex-officio.
15. Differentiate between the roles of the B.O.M and P.A in a School.
Some of the responsibilities and roles that are expected of this board includes;
- Providing oversight on management of the school.
- Monitoring curriculum delivery and learning achievement in the school.
- To ensure that the students engage in extra curriculum activities.
- To ensure the competence of the teachers in delivery of the content of the curriculum.
- Develop all institutional policies and ensure accountability and prudent use of institutional resources.
- Mobilizing resources for the institution development based on agreed strategic planning.
- to promote networking and partnership for the school
- To discuss and approve comprehensive termly and annual reports and forwards them to the county education board (CEB). TSC Interview Questions and Answers
- to promote quality education and training for all learners in accordance with the standards set under the education acts, national policies, and county government policies
- To supervise and ensure quality in curriculum implementation and delivery and oversee the conduct of examination and assessments of school.
- to ensure and assure provision of proper and adequate proper physical activities as well as teaching and learning resources in order to create an enabling environment for the school community to perform their duties effectively and achieve set objectives of the institution.
PA – Parent Association
In order to help the school realize its purpose, parents play some important roles. These include,
- Raise money to help both the running and the activities of the school.
- Explain the roles of the school to the community, this is how teachers and community members come to a more harmonious relationship. TSC Interview Questions and Answers
- They give their points of view to the teachers concerning academic improvement and moral standards.
- Help head teachers and their staff maintain effective discipline among their students.
16. Define curriculum, co curricular and core curriculum.
- Curriculum– all planned learning programs that facilitate formal, non-formal and informal learning.
- Co-curriculum – voluntary curriculum that includes sport, clubs, student government and school publications.
- Core curriculum– the body of knowledge, skills and attitudes expected to be learned by all students, generally related to a set of subjects and learning areas that are common to all students.
17. Distinguish between formal, non formal and informal curriculum
- Formal curriculum– the curriculum in which there are deliberately organized, planned and written processes in a formally organized learning institution such as a school with organized structures such as classrooms.
- Non formal curriculum – refers to any organized, planned and written learning activity that operates outside the formal education system. It emphasizes practical skills and targets particular population group.
- Informal or Hidden curriculum – curriculum that constitutes a lifelong process in which people learn from every day experiences which are not necessarily planned or organized.
18. Give the process of curriculum development.
KICD has adopted a nine-stage curriculum development model as follows:
- Needs Assessment.
- Conceptualization and policy formulation.
- Curriculum designs.
- Development of syllabuses.
- Development of curriculum support materials.
- Preparation of curriculum implementers.
- National Implementation.
- Monitoring and Evaluation.
19. What is the difference between curriculum and syllabus?
Curriculum is all planned learning programs that facilitate formal, non-formal and informal learning while the syllabus is a course outline comprising a collection of topics on the same subject matter and a series of statements of what is to be learned within a given time frame. This consists of the content and objectives of the core subjects and optional subjects offered.
20. Give cases of interdiction where a teacher earns half salary.
- Fraudulent payment or excessive payment from public revenues for goods and services.
- Failure to comply with any law or applicable procedures and guidelines relating to procurement.
- Mismanagement of funds or incurring expenditures without planning.
- Any offence involving dishonesty under any written law providing for maintenance or protection of public revenue.
21. Name the different types of leave a teacher is entitled to and how many days in a year is a permanent and pensionable teacher entitled to annual leave?
- Maternity Leave
A female teacher is entitled to 90 calendar days maternity leave from the date of confinement. This leave is exclusive of annual leave. The application for leave should be submitted to the DEO/MEO/DCE through the head of institution at least one month before the leave is due and must have supporting medical documents. TSC Interview Questions and Answers
- Paternity Leave
A male teacher can apply for paternity leave of up to 10 days within the period of spouse’s maternity leave.
Study leave – with pay
– Without pay
Permanent & pensionable – 30 days with full pay each year.
Temporary or contract – 30 days with full pay each year.
Permanent & pensionable – 3 month full pay another 3 month ½ pay in the calendar year.
Temporary or contract – 1 month full pay another 1 month ½ pay
In times of distress such as death, a court case, marital disharmony, arson and serious illness of a member of the family – maximum 15 days in a year.
Short duration for teachers who have to travel abroad to participate in seminars or short courses or important events – max. 3 months in a year.
30 days with full pay to allow investigations into allegations.
Leave without pay
Special conditions eg accompanying a sick person for more than normal 15 days compassionate leave.
22. When is a teacher given study leave with pay?
- Has worked for the commission for a min. of 5 years
- UT teacher seeking to undertake postgraduate diploma or degree in education.
- A teacher studying in an area of great need as specified in the study leave policy.
- Trained technical teacher admitted to a national polytechnic for a higher National Diploma provided the subject area is in demand in the teaching service. TSC Interview Questions and Answers
- Has demonstrated a good record in performance. NEXT