KUPPET supports Govt’s ban on school ranking
08 December 2014, 14:31
Nyeri - The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has declared support for the government’s move to ban ranking of schools based on academic performance.
The Union chairman, Omboko Milemba and Secretary General Akelo Misori said the ranking was creating unnecessary competition making teachers to train students only on how to pass exams.
“Private schools are the major supporters of ranking because they use it to market their institutions. It is the major creator of cheating in exams,” they said.
Speaking in Nyeri during an Annual General Meeting, the officials said the union resolved to go on strike next year and jeopardize learning processes if the government fails to meet their wage demands.
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“For six years we have been engaged in endless negotiations with the TSC. Most times the talks have led to disagreements resulting in industrial actions,” said Misori.
To increase the union’s bargaining power, Misori announced that KUPPET will start recruiting teachers in primary schools.
“We will begin recruiting new members in all branches of this profession to increase membership and enhance bargaining power,” said Misori.
He further reiterated that teachers will not go back to insecurity-hit areas including Mandera, if the government fails to assure them of security.
“We demand a risk allowance because of insecurity. Even those working in school laboratories and workshops should be given a risk allowance,” he said while addressing hundreds of teachers who attended the AGM.
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