Schools Told To Identify Mentors, Coaches and Champions
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has directed schools to identify teachers who shall be mentors, coaches and champions.
According to the Commission, the previous data that schools submitted had errors as it did not contain all the information that was required.
“Some schools identified teachers who had less than three (3) years in service to be mentors and coaches. All teachers of three (3) years and below are targeted as mentees and cannot be either coaches or mentors,” said TSC in a memo.
In the new directive, the Commission has requested schools to identify and send details of the teachers who shall serve as mentors, coaches and champions in an excel sheet.
TSC is intending to have 22,239 teachers, including those who have been recruited recently as well as heads of institutions to undergo the induction, mentorship and coaching (TIMEC) programme.
TSC wants to reduce indiscipline cases among teachers and improve their classroom instructions, retention and learning outcome.
At the start of the program, field officers were trained and they shall take part in the implementation of the program.
“The induction, mentorship and coaching program is set to increase teacher effectiveness, job satisfaction, commitment, improved classroom instruction, teacher retention and improved learning outcomes,” said the Commission’s Field Services Directorate Mukui David, during the launch of the programme.
The program is going to utilize preventive and corrective approaches in the management of teacher professional conduct and performance.
New teachers who have recently joined the service and those in internships as well as those joining administrative positions and those having challenges in their performance are the ones the program is targeting.
The teachers shall undergo training in three financial years starting from 2021/22 to 2023/24 financial years. Each year, 13,000 teachers will be targeted.