In Summary
  • Branch Secretary Martin Sembelo on Saturday criticised the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), saying they and others opposing the move are misleading Kenyans.
  • Mr Sembelo said the directive should have been issued long ago for children in marginalised parts of the country to compete fairly with the rest.
  • He pointed out that marginalised counties have faced the issue of teacher shortages for long since those from other regions are not willing to work in the area.
  • Regarding several complaints by teachers, Mr Sembelo said he supports the ultimatum issued to the government by Knut's Secretary-General Wilson Sossion.

The West Pokot branch of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has castigated two key organisations for opposing the Education ministry's move to lower the points of entry into teacher training colleges (TTCs).

Branch Secretary Martin Sembelo on Saturday criticised the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), saying they and others opposing the move are misleading Kenyans.

SHORTAGES

In the new rules, students seeking a diploma in education will need a C plain or C- in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), down from the previous C+.

Those seeking a certificate (popularly known as P1), will need a D+, down from a C plain.

Speaking to the Press in Kapenguria, Mr Sembelo said the directive should have been issued long ago for children in marginalised parts of the country to compete fairly with the rest.

He pointed out that marginalised counties have faced the issue of teacher shortages for long since those from other regions are not willing to work in the area.

“West Pokot has a shortage of 2,500 teachers and in some schools along the West Pokot -Elgeyo Marakwet-Turkana border, four teachers handle eight classes. The new directive will help us address this issue since we shall have enough teachers from the county,” he said.

He added: “The proposal is in the Constitution. Counties such as West Pokot, Turkana and Samburu are marginalised ... It will take them more than 50 years to be like other counties. We have gone many years without benefits."

ENROLMENT

The secretary urged county residents to enroll for programmes at the TTCs.

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