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Teachers now expected to attend all lessons

The Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association Chairman Kahi Indimuli at a past event.
The Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association Chairman Kahi Indimuli at a past event.

The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, has moved to ensure teachers are in school most times. The Commission has instituted a raft of measures to curb absenteeism among the over 300,000 teachers on its payroll.

“In order to optimally utilize the teaching resources institution and ensure delivery of quality teaching services, the commission reiterate the need for all teachers and Head of institutions to be available in schools at all times to undertake the assigned teaching and administrative duties. In this regard you are directed to ensure absence from school is minimized at all costs,” the Commission says in a circular to school Heads and Curriculum Support officers.

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The Commission has been in logger heads with the Ministry of Education after canceling most functions organized by the latter and involving teachers. To be absent from school, teachers will now have to seek for written permission.

“A written permission should be granted through the Headteacher and absence and reason for the same recorded in the school logbook,” says the Commission.

Heads of primary institution are to obtain written permission from TSC subcounty director to be away from school. The School heads must also seek for permission from the Sub County Director whenever they are to use funds for meetings taking place away from their schools.

Activities that require teachers’ participation should be scheduled over the weekends and school holidays to minimize absenteeism. This also includes all the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association, KESSHA, and Kenya primary Schools Heads Association, KEPSHA, activities and conferences.

All elected SACCO, union and societies officials are required to schedule their programs during weekends and school holidays.

Activities that are not core to teaching administrative duties assigned to teachers and school administrative staff should not be carried during the programmed teaching hours.

In a move to ensure no lesson goes unattended, arrangements should be made for all classes to be attended in the absence of assigned teacher. Make up arrangements for untaught lessons should be recorded in the logbook.

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