Nancy M. Gatemi, Ruth W. Thinguri


The purpose of the study was to critically analyze the impact of the frequent teachers’ turnover on the syllabus coverage in the schools in Kenya. One of the main concerns in our schools is the absent teacher; a scenario caused by many factors, among them the frequent teachers’ turnover. The study went further and critically analyzed the reasons for the frequent turnover of teachers like frequent transfers of teachers from one school to another, the mobility of teachers from one educational level to another, the teachers early retirement, the resignation of teachers due to poor working conditions and pursuit for career development and advancement aspects that all lead to poor syllabus coverage. The research methodology used was qualitative and specifically a critical analysis of the problem. The methodology enabled the researchers to critique the various dynamics of teacher turnover in relation to the syllabus coverage. The Researchers recommendations were made to the Ministry of Education, the Teachers Service Commission, the school administration, the teachers and other stakeholders such as: transfer of teachers should not be done mid-way in the term and should preferably be done at the end of the year, mobility of teachers should be minimized by laying out strategies for retaining highly experienced and trained teachers in all schools, early retirement and resignation should be addressed by empowering teachers’ with intrinsic motivation techniques, and a good career development plan ought to be worked out for all teachers. In sum, the study recommends that the Ministry of Education and Teachers Service Commission ought to have policies that deter disruption of teaching and learning and also address the grievances of the teachers on their working environment where possible. There is urgent need to train school administrators on good management practices so that teachers can be retained in the profession.


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