Ministry of Education Takes Over Sensitive Powers From TSC.

Ministry of Education Takes Over Sensitive Powers From TSC.

 

 

In a groundbreaking move that promises to reshape the landscape of education management, the Ministry of Education has taken over a series of sensitive powers previously held by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). These changes, outlined in the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER) report, have been heralded as a step towards a more streamlined and accountable education system.

One of the most significant changes involves the transfer of authority over teachers from TSC to representatives of the Ministry of Education at the county and subcounty levels. These representatives will now be responsible for the oversight and management of teachers employed by both the county government and TSC. This decentralization of power is expected to enhance efficiency and responsiveness in addressing teachers’ needs.

A key area of contention, quality control, is also addressed by the reforms. The Taskforce behind the changes identified overlapping quality assurance tasks between the Ministry of Education and TSC. To alleviate this, the proposed Kenya Professional Teaching Standards (KePTS) regulating agency is set to assume the role of ensuring adherence to educational standards. Furthermore, the Ministry will take over the functions of the TSC’s quality assurance division, including the transfer of staff members like Curriculum Support Officers (CSO).

The accountability of school principals and head teachers is another significant shift. While TSC had previously overseen their accountability, the Ministry will now take on this responsibility. This new structure, inspired by the public service commission model, aims to create a more hierarchical management approach, with school heads acting as representatives of the Ministry in school management.

A seismic change revolves around the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) and teacher preparation. The TSC, formerly responsible for retraining instructors for CBC, will now see the Ministry take over the responsibility entirely, including the payment of teachers’ salaries. This transition is expected to streamline curriculum implementation and professional development initiatives.

Furthermore, the Ministry will now play a pivotal role in teacher transfers. Instead of the TSC solely making decisions about transfers, the Ministry of Education will be involved in the process. This collaboration ensures better communication and decision-making regarding the mobility of teachers.

Disciplinary matters will also see a transformation, with an Education Appeals Tribunal taking over from the TSC. This tribunal will handle disciplinary cases and appeals, providing an alternative route for members dissatisfied with TSC decisions. This shift emphasizes a fairer and more transparent process for addressing teacher-related issues.

These changes, while bold, are not without their challenges. Some powers require parliamentary acts or referendums for full implementation. However, with the commitment of authorities at various levels and the leadership of President William Ruto and Prof. Raphael Munavu, these hurdles can be overcome.

In conclusion, the transfer of sensitive TSC powers to the Ministry of Education marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of Kenya’s education system. These reforms, rooted in the desire for efficiency, accountability, and improved educational outcomes, hold the promise of a brighter future for both teachers and students alike.

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