By Amunga Peter
TSC REQUIRES YOU TO REGISTER FOR AN E-PLATFORM AND ACQUIRE A NEW CUSTOMIZED EMAIL ADDRESS.
THIS E-PLATFORM WILL SERVE THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
- For transmission of official letters, circulars, payslips and responses to your inquiries.
- For virtual meetings.
- To promote free remote learning.
Above that, this official email address and the registered personal mobile number will be updated by the head of your institution in the TMIS within 30 days from 15th February 2021.
Both TSC and INTERN teachers are required to undertake this exercise.
ALL EMAILS OUTSIDE THE E-PLATFORM SHALL NOT BE ACTED UPON AFTER THE LAPSE OF THE DEADLINE!
IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS ENROLLING FOR THE E-PLATFORM, SMS OR WHATSAPP THE FOLLOWING DETAILS TO 0723981225 I ASSIST YOU:
- TSC NUMBER
- ID NUMBER
- OFFICIAL PHONE NUMBER
- A NEW 8 ELEMENTS PASSWORD
BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION OF TEACHERS IN KENYA BY TSC COMMENCES SOON
By Amunga Peter.
TSC is in the process of capturing day to day DATA presence of teachers in schools biometrically.
The registration is scheduled to start in April 2021, when schools reopen for 3rd Term and is under the banner of Teachers Biometric Data Harmonization. The EA Standard writes and I quote…
“ …the biometric registration shall entail validation of data of teachers in all public primary and secondary schools, Teacher Training Colleges, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) and Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE),” …”
This is a good move by the employer. The positives include:
- STAFF RATIONALIZATION: Biometrics will ensure data captured will show how teachers are spread across the country and that will help TSC balance and rationalise teaching staff equally. Cases of overstaffing and understaffing will cease.
- EQUALITY OF SUBJECT TEACHERS: Biometrics will also reveal teacher distribution based on subject combinations and unearth staffing gaps that will inform training needs for various subject areas.
- GUIDED TRANSFERS: Biometrics will ensure that teachers will be transferred from an informed position as electronic registration will expose imbalance in deployment. Simply it will ensure optimal utilisation of teachers and also balance areas that are not well covered
- REALTIME CLOCK IN AND CLOCK OUT OF TEACHERS: Biometrics will nab teachers who miss classes for unapproved reasons, as the biometric tool will give up-to-date attendance data
One horrible experience I ever had while teaching at Kisumu Day High in 2013, was when a newly posted principal to the school tried to punish me for being out officially for drama festivals. I would come into the school very early, teach my lessons and leave for my drama duties, and come back and teach in the evenings. This is an arrangement we had with the outgoing head and the students. They understood.
For those of us in games and schools drama, you know when that season kicks off in fisrt term. We are rarely in school, because of various trainings, workshops, then the festival itself. For some of us, we were also adjudicators. Simply, you are out of school OFFICIALLY FOR SEVERAL days or weeks.
So when a new principal arrived at Kisumu Day and could not see me most of the time, he reported me claiming that I had not been seen in school for over a month. I was put on my defense. And what saved my job is the Biometric registration
Unknown to the new principal, was that his predecessor had installed in the school CCTV cameras and a biometric registration, where anytime a teacher logged in he would press the biometric and log out when leaving. So every time I came to school at 4.40 am I will log in biometrically and the machine will take my photo as I arrived. And after my night time lessons at 1030 pm, I would log out and a photo stored digitally. The TSC officers who came to listen to my case had no otherwise but to retain me on the payroll. The Biometrics had proven beyond doubt that the new principal was a liar.
The reforms that TSC is introducing in all schools in Kenya TO DIGITIZE teacher presence in schools is welcome. That arrival and departure details of every teacher will be recorded and available at the click of a button is a great reform. That TSC will get real time clock-in data of teachers who attend classes, and absentee ones tracked and monitored through electronic devices that will be installed in schools will eliminate witch-hunting as described in my personal experience above.