KNUT unhappy with TSC in Nyandarua
27 May 2014, 19:53
Nairobi - The proposed stringent rules by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) have come under heavy criticism from a section of KNUTofficials.
Speaking at Nyandarua Bording Primary school, Nyandarua North Branch Executive Secretary Michael Chege condemned the new rules saying it is a way of denying teachers their rights to be part of the society.
He said if the TSC did not want the teachers to engage in private businesses, then they should increase their salaries. Chege said a 300% increase should be effective from July to complement their meager income, to assist their families.
“Teachers are at liberty to do their private businesses so long as they do it after classwork, therefore, they cannot abort classes to go open their private businesses”,he said.
Chege also criticised the move by the TSC that bars teacher from taking key roles organizing “harambee". He said it was secluding teachers from participating in societal development.
He argued that taking part in “Harambee” is the only way they can help their children, especially the needy who are not able to further their education. “We must help our children to further their education by organizing for them “Harambee” which is not a crime”, he added.
Top of the agenda is the requirement that teachers must undergo open and rigorous appraisals to gauge and enforce productivity. They are also not allowed to air their political views.
The KNUT official also wanted the TSC to review the budgetary allocation so as to employ many teachers to reduce the current shortage.
He said the current amount allocated to engage teachers about 7000 teacher is too little as Nyandarua County alone has about 500 teachers who are going to retire in July.
The TSC should allocate funds for Early Childhood Education (ECD) arguing this is another important part that has been neglected.
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