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Govt faulted over extending teachers' retirement age

13 August 2014, 08:10 Jane Zack

Busia - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Busia branch has faulted the government's program of extending the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years.

Addressing journalists in Busia town, the branch's Secretary General Mark Oseno stressed that the government should let teachers retire at the age of 55.

"The experience we have on the ground is that a person aged 65 years in primary and secondary institutions will have a lot of challenges in service delivery to learners. We are also realizing that many of our colleagues are passing on between the ages of 55 and 60, by doing so, we might be losing many of our colleagues between the age of 60 and 65," he said.

Oseno said that in the event of death, what they stand to benefit will be a very little sum of money which might not even benefit the families of the colleagues after they have departed.

"We have advised the government in no uncertain terms to let teachers retire at the age of 55, and if any government operative or arrangement will need to engage a teacher on an extra 5 or 10 years, the teachers should now be engaged on contractual terms,"Oseno added.

He said the government should employ teachers who have been trained and are unemployed instead of extending the retirement age.

He further said that they suspect that there is something sinister that they do not understand that is being introduced by the government.

"We want the government to come out clear and assure us that this retirement age does not mean any other ulterior thing that we do not understand but rather means well to the teachers of Kenya," Oseno said.

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