In Summary
  • In the proposed amendments, Mr Sossion suggested that the commission be left only with the role of employment of teachers.
  • Mr Ochanda said the problems facing Kenya’s education sector were due to the government’s failure to institutionalise the management of the sector.

Five MPs want the Teacher's Service Commission (TSC) abolished and in its place an independent body established to oversee and regulate policy matters relating to teachers’ welfare.

Led by Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion, the legislators said they will sponsor a motion to amend the TSC Act in September.

ROGUE COMMISSION

"We must deal with this rogue commission. It has failed to champion the rights and welfare of teachers for which it was created. It is only preoccupied with dividing the teachers and perfecting discriminatory tendencies," said Mr Sossion in Siaya County on Saturday.

In the proposed amendments, Mr Sossion suggested that the commission be left only with the role of employment of teachers.

The MPs who included Samuel Moroto (Kapenguria), Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga), Gideon Ochanda (Bondo) and Wilberforce Mudenyo (Funyula) criticised the teachers’ employer over its move to deduct teachers' salaries and withholding of union dues.

They spoke at a fundraiser in aid of Adeya Adongo Secondary School.

Mr Atandi, who asked teachers not to pull out of Knut, appealed to the Ministry of Education to embrace dialogue for a successful implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum.

PLAY POLITICS

"Listen to teachers and do not play politics of divide and rule that is being witnessed in the teachers’ unions" he said.

Mr Moroto warned President Uhuru Kenyatta that he risks leaving a legacy of a President under whose watch education sector went to the dogs.

"Past presidents gave education the priority it deserves. You will leave a bad legacy over education issues," he said.

He called on teachers to remain solidly behind Knut and Mr Sossion.

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