Teachers burn TPAD as they hold strike citing it has no value and wastes their time

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A section of teachers burning the TPAD on Wednesday at Metamaywa during the Knut Masaba branch AGM PHOTO/BRIGHTON MAKORI/DAILY CLOCK

KNUT Teachers from Masaba North branch today burned the teachers Performance Appraisal and Development tool TPAD in solidarity that they are no longer going to fill them as from  1st September.

 According to them they have been using much of their time filling the TPAD in Cyber cafes instead of being in class.

This comes after they have been holding on a looming strike at least  for a while to protest against TSC policies which they  claim undermines their professional work.

Secretary general Wilson Sossion clarified the  teachers’ industrial action scheduled for September 1 2018 had been  put on hold pending on-going  negotiations with the employer.

Addressing  teachers during Annual general meeting  KNUT Masaba North branch at Metamaywa in Nyamira county on Wednesday, the SG however vowed to call the members to down their tools between September 30 and October 5 this  year  if the negotiations  hit a stalemate. 

“We will whistle if the negotiation hit a stalemate , we are tired when need our grievances  to be heard “he said 

 According to  him,it was the employer who invited them to the negotiation table after they  had  asked for the contentious  policies to be repealed or risk  withdrawal of  their services.

The controversial policies the teachers union was opposed to   included delocalization of principals,non promotion of qualified teachers and medical cover.

Another  policy to conduct teachers’ trainings by education ministry on weekends  was also rejected with equal measure by the union.

“We strongly oppose the teachers trainings on weekends,  Saturday and Sunday teachers also need to go to church to worship”he added

John Matiang’i KNUT national treasurer said the teachers’ position had not changed and took issue with the TSC’s interference with the current  collective bargaining Agreement CBA).

He claimed the employer ignored the CBA and went ahead to roll out a  appraisal tool, Teacher,Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) to their consternation.

Matiang’i further said  another mechanism to capture learners’ education and personal details National Education Management Information System(NEMIS),was also introduced  adversely affected  the teachers.

The treasurer urged the  teachers at the meeting to demonstrate their disapproval of the  evaluation system .

He also said that Delocalization of teachers has affected the families hence called the employer to stop and hear the cry of teachers who have already been affected .

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