Over 17,500 Teachers Face TSC Directives For Committing Various TPAD Offences

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TSC directive to 17,560 teachers with various TPAD offences

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has issued a directive affecting at least 17,560 teachers for various offences relating to the online appraisal system.

The Commission had listed the teachers for failing to comply to Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) terms and condition.

The offences ranging from incomplete appraisal, pending appraisal awaiting appraisal, or appraisal awaiting counter signing and more are what made TSC to generate lists containing the teachers details.

The Commission shared the lists with school administrators to inform the affected teachers of their offences so they can reply.

However the Commission has also said some offences are not necessary made by the said teachers.

For example a TPAD that has been completed and submitted but was not counter signed, the blame cannot be entirely be laid on the teacher but still the teacher is listed as one taking the responsibility.

TSC during its visits to schools emphasized on teachers pushing for their TPAD to be completed at various stage.

For example a teacher can enquire to ensure his/her TPAD is counter signed by the school headteacher.

TSC directive to 17,560 teachers with various TPAD offencespart of the TPAD questionnare

The Commission has asked teachers who are listed for the TPAD offences to fill a questionnaire and submit.

Click this link Fill TPAD 2022 Questionnaire and fill the required sections. Ensure you complete it before submitting.

Kindly note that this link is only active for short period of time possibly by midnight tomorrow.


According to TPAD calendar of activities teachers should Plan meetings before school opening involving all staff to set school TPAD Activity calendar.



The meeting should happen during the last week of school holiday and attended by all teachers including the school head.

Heads of institution should ensure teachers avail their professional documents for approval during the first week after reopening.

From the second week teachers (appraisees and appraisers) should start undertaking lesson observations and identifying and documenting teacher’s professional gaps. This is a continuous process going through to tenth week.

Teachers should also activate their TPAD account on time once its opened for access.


TPAD Activity Action By Time Frame
1. Planning meetings before school opening involving all staff to set school TPAD Activity calendar Heads of Institutions , Senior
Management Team, Teachers,
By the last week of the school holiday.
2. Submission of professional documents Heads of institution
All Teachers
By the end of the first week of the term
3. Undertaking lesson observations and identifying and documenting teacher’s professional gaps Appraisees and appraisers. Between 2nd week and 10th week of the term
4. Undertaking teacher professional development to address professional gaps. Appraisees, appraisers, institutional administrators. Throughout the term; from 1st week to the last week of the term
5. Internal Monitoring & Evaluation of the implementation of TPAD process. Heads of institution, Deputy Head of Institution, Heads of Department Continuous throughout the term
6. Monitoring the implementation of TPAD process at county level; zonal, sub county & county Curriculum Support Officers, Sub County Directors and County Directors Throughout the term; from 1st week to the last week of the term
7. TPAD rating meetings Appraisee (teachers) and appraiser (HODs, deputy heads, Heads of Institution, CSOs, SCD) By the closing date of the term
8. Uploading of TPAD data and evidence. Appraisee (teachers) and appraiser (HODs, deputy heads, Heads of Institution, CSOs, SCD) Throughout the term

Teachers who do not take part in the appraisal process will not be considered for promotion, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) said.


According to TSC, teachers who do not fill the performance appraisal forms will be overlooked in case of any chance for promotion.

The teachers’ employer said the appraisal system has been in place since 2016 on pilot basis, and running without being contested by any teachers union.

The Commission clarifications on TPAD:

I. Performance Contract (PC): Performance Contract for heads of primary and secondary institutions is available on the TSC website.

The heads of institution are required to follow the PC calendar of activities which also provides that the  PC should be downloaded and signed as required.   

Once this has been done, the heads of institution are required to develop the Operational workplan which can be done on the TPAD online system.

2. Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD): Due to the complexities caused  by the  design of the TPAD online  system, it has been decided that all data, for both term 2 and term 3 be done on Term 2 2021.

This means that teachers teaching  grade 4, class 8 and form 4 can input the data on learners’ progress on the term 2 2021 portal and not on term 3 2021 as had earlier been communicated in the memo.

The Heads of institution are required to customize the TPAD calendar provided in the TPAD on line system and share these requirements with the teachers when the schools were opened.

4. Lesson  Observation: The TPAD online system provides for lesson observation which should be done at least once a term.

5. Missing schools:  A list of schools missing from the TPAD system in respective Counties should be submitted to the Commission.

6. Mapping of schools: All teachers should be mapped in their respective schools, zones, sub counties and counties respectively.

These rights have been assigned to the County Director and the County ICT officers.

7. A list of teachers yet to appear on TPAD online system should be submitted to the Commission with their TSC numbers and work stations.

Teachers should also create their TPAD accounts and this will remedy this situation.

8. Schools with no administrators: The County Director should assign rights to teachers to act as deputies and heads of institution so as to ensure that the appraisal process is completed at the school level.

9.  Cancellation is done when there is inconsistency in the marks allocated and when there is suspicion of collusion between the appraiser and appraisee and is only carried out by the countersigning officer.

There have been cases where the teachers have complained about the cancellation of their appraisals. Therefore, this function should always be done with utmost care and fairness.



10. Reversal: This option has been  provided to TSC TPAD system administrators who can reverse a ‘not on  duty’ procedure and also the appraisal especially when the teacher has chosen the wrong standards.

a. However, there have been many cases of not  on duty which requires the teacher to indicate reasons why they are not on duty such as leaves.

It should be emphasized that the not on duty procedure is not a one off button and therefore cannot be chosen by mistake. 

Therefore, teachers should  be asked to be keen as they fill in the appraisal.

b. Also recorded are the cases of teachers who have chosen the SNE standards.

Once the case is checked, it is noted that the teachers have already been appraised and even have a TPAD score.  

Once an appraisal has been rated by the appraiser it cannot be reversed.




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