In Summary
  • Mr Sossion said many teachers who were transferred have opted to resign or seek employment in county governments.

  • There are about 23,000 headteachers in primary schools and about 8,600 principals in secondary schools.

  • The Knut boss said there must be extensive consultation before implementation of any policies that might affect the sector.

  • Knut also wants TSC to do away with Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development.

  • Knut has warned the government against its plan to have all students in Kenyan schools wear the same school uniform.

More than 100 teachers have quit the profession following a government policy, implemented since last year, barring them from serving in their home counties, says the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).

Speaking on the sidelines of the African Confederation of Principals at Pride Inn Hotel in Mombasa, Knut Secretary-General Wilson Sossion claimed that the so-called delocalisation policy is breaking many families whose kin are employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

Mr Sossion said many teachers who were transferred have opted to resign or seek employment in county governments.

“A number have opted to take early retirement, others have moved to county governments and some are thinking what to do. Don’t force any policies, it is dangerous and worse than poison,” he said.

There are about 23,000 headteachers in primary schools and about 8,600 principals in secondary schools.

STRIKE

“We will strike on September 1, to oppose or rectify any policy formulated without our involvement which we feel shall injure the teaching profession,” Mr Sossion warned.

He called on Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Amina Mohamed to call a crisis meeting with the teachers union to avert the impending strike which could paralyse operations in third term when thousands of candidates are expected to sit their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.

The CS is expected to officially close the continental conference on Thursday.

The Knut boss said there must be extensive consultation before implementation of any policies that might affect the sector.

“We are questioning certain policies where we have not been adequately involved. We want promotion of teachers. It is a right, it is not negotiable or reducible,” he said.

APPRAISING TEACHERS

Knut also wants TSC to do away with Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD).

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