KNUT tells Govt to promote teachers
22 July 2014, 19:32
Nairobi - The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has
lashed out at the government over low number of teachers set to be promoted.
KNUT Nyeri county executive secretary, Mutahi Kahiga said
the Treasury must provide more funds to cater for teachers’ promotion exercise
according to the scheme of service in force.
Early this year, KNUT forwarded names and credentials of
33,000 teachers, who deserve to be promoted, to Teachers Service Commission
“We are saddened by the Treasury’s allocation of funds for
promoting only 7500 teachers while KNUT gave documents for 33,000. We insist
that funds must be provided,” said Mutahi.
Speaking during Nyeri County Education Day at Nyeri Primary
School, Mutahi claimed that the government through Ministry of Education is
planning to weaken TSC by scraping some powers.
“We urge government to stop attempts to weaken TSC. Let the
TSC be there because we at KNUT fought to have it in place. We demand the full
composition of the commission,” added Mutahi.
The shortage of staff in the teaching profession, Mutahi
said, stands at 89,000 and the figure is expected to shoot up considering the
current retirements going on.
He asked the government to halt other development projects
and give the education sector much attention by addressing all the challenges.
Mutahi further asked county governments to stop hiring
teachers for Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) schools, since TSC is
the only body mandated to hire and manage teachers’ issues.
“We shall not allow our colleague teachers to be hired by
county governments because they do not guarantee a future for them,” he stated.
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