Saturday, 14 July 2018

Criteria for the Implementation of Teachers Empowerment Policies in Enugu State Post-Primary Schools

Criteria for the Implementation of Teachers Empowerment Policies in Enugu State Post-Primary Schools

The implementation of teacher’s empowerment policies is the actual offering of those empowerment opportunities, privileges and incentive to teachers. Where these empowerment policies
are offered without strictly applying the laid down criteria the non deserving; teachers may be favored and as such the essence of such empowerment policy or policies may be defeated.

To this end Dibie (2008) argues that, an empowerment policy or programme can only achieve its objectives or goals if it is properly directed to those it is meant for. Many policies have been formulated for teachers’ empowerment in Enugu state secondary schools and some of these policies are in-service training policy, staff promotion policy, scholarship scheme policy and mandatory continuing professional development programme.

The implementation of these policies in Enugu state secondary schools depends on certain criteria. These criteria are discussed below:-

Criteria for Approving In-service Training for Enugu State Secondary School Teachers:-

l.          Letter of confirmation of Appointment.
2.         Satisfactory record of conduct
3.         Letter of Admission
Source: Enugu state ministry of education
In-service training is a type of study leave granted only to a confirmed service staff. Approval to embark on in-service training is meant to be on merit after the staff must have fulfilled the above laid down criteria. 

The researcher ascertained whether approval is granted to Enugu state secondary school teachers in line with the laid down criteria.

Criteria for staff promotion of secondary school teachers in Enugu state:-

Criteria for staff promotion of secondary school teachers in Enugu State include
i.          Letter of confirmation of Appointment
ii.         Evidence of last promotion
iii.        Competitive merit
iv.        Records of performance
v.         Satisfactory record of conduct
 Source: Enugu state ministry of Education
Again, public service rule has it that, the minimum number of years that a staff in service must spend in a post before being considered due for promotion are as follows.
Grade Level of Staff
Number of years in service
0-06
Minimum of 2 years
07-14
Minimum of 3 years
15-17
Minimum of 4 years

If a staff is due for promotion, he or she is expected to be promoted on the basis of merit after fulfilling the above laid down criteria. 
The research examines staff promotion of Enugu state secondary school teachers to determine whether it is done in line with the laid down criteria.
Criteria for Awarding scholarship to secondary school teachers in Enugu state are;
i.          Letter of confirmation of Appointment
ii.         Satisfactory record of conduct
iii.        Passing a qualifying examination
Source: Enugu state ministry of education.
A staff in service can be awarded a scholarship. It is a study leave with pay. Scholarship is necessary to enhance the performance of the staff and to add value to the service. Award of scholarship is meant to be on alter the staff have fulfilled the above laid down criteria.

Criteria for approving mandatory continuing profession Development programme

For Enugu state secondary school teachers.
i.          Possession of professional teaching license
ii.         Evidence of up-to-date payment of Annual TRCN subscription.
iii.        Not being an Ex-convict
iv.        Evidence of Medical fitness
v.         Passing a qualifying Examination
Source: Enugu state ministry of Education Teachers’ Registrations Council of Nigeria (TRCN) coordinates programme for only registered teachers. According to FRN
The mandatory continuing professional development programme will run for a cycle of three years. This implies that every registered teachers has a grace of three years to earn the minimum credit units stipulated for his or her level of the education system .... A teacher must be physically present and receive a certificate of attendance in any programme to earn credits allotted to that category of MCPDP.
The table below shows the compulsory categories of MCPD programmes that must be attended (and the minimum credit to be earned by each teacher in the period of three years.
Table: 1 MCPDP Categories and Credit Units.
Programme
Teaching Levels/Credit Unit
Primary
Secondary
Tertiary
TRCN Capacity building workshop and round tables
   28
    28
  20
Annual conference of registered teachers
   20
    20
 28
Approved Stakeholders seminars and
Workshops
    20
    20
   20
Minimum credits to be earned within three years
     68
    68
   68
Source: FRN (2008).                                                                                              
Teachers are however advised not to relent in their participation in MCPDP programmes after earning the minimum credit units. The credit units are defined as the number of hours spent on qualitative training. For instance by:
a)          Attending a four-day capacity building work-shop during which at least seven hour are spent each day on qualitative training activities. A teacher earns the following credit units: 4 days x 7 hours = 28 credit units.
b)         Participating in four-day annual conference of registered teachers, a
teacher can earn 20 credit units.
c)         Taking part in a short course of four-day workshop organized by employers of teachers or recognizes teachers union or associations, a teacher can earn 20 credit units.

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