Clarity on acting HODs

Ministry of Education , Heritage and Arts permanent secretary Alison Burchell. Picture: FT. File

Outgoing Ministry of Education , Heritage and Arts permanent secretary Alison Burchell. Picture: FT FILE

SCHOOL principals must not appoint teachers to acting positions, says the Education Ministry permanent secretary Alison Burchell.

She made the comments in response to a concern raised by teachers who were appointed to act as head of departments (HOD) in their schools.

According to the teachers, the school principals appointed them to act as head of departments since the positions were vacant.

They said this practice used to be done previously when the ministry took time to select teachers for the vacant positions.

A teacher who spoke on the condition of anonymity claimed that about 100 teachers were acting as head of departments when the school commenced this year and were also promised they would be paid accordingly.

He said to be given the role as a head of department was a huge task and majority of the teachers who were acting HODs had performed their duties well.

Ms Burchell said such arrangements must not be entertained.

“In terms of the Open Merit Recruitment and Selection (OMRS) process by definition, we have to advertise those posts so the principals should not have made those appointments and we are going through the process of correcting that,” she said.

“However, if a teacher has done the work, we will pay them for that period of time in which they have done the work, and we will advertise those positions so that any teacher eligible can apply in terms of the OMRS.”

Ms Burchell also said the annual assessment or appraisal of teachers’ performance was nearing completion.

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