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KNUT tells Govt to promote teachers

22 July 2014, 19:32 Joseph Njung’eh

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 (TSC).

“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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