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MP asks govt to negotiate with teachers instead of threatening them with sack

03 February 2015, 13:51 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Sabatia Member of Parliament, Alfred Agoi, has asked the government to negotiate with teachers who have defied orders to return to work in regions deemed insecure instead of threatening to sack them.

Agoi said the teachers have legitimate reasons as to why they have refused to go back to those regions, and the government threats are not fair.

“Under normal circumstances, what the teachers experienced in parts of Mandera last year was beyond imagination. You cannot force them to go back before you put proper measures in place for them to feel secure,” said Agoi.

He spoke at Bukulunya Secondary School in Vihiga County after he handed over a KES 6M school bus that he helped purchase through Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and his personal contributions, as he had promised to deliver the bus to the school some months back.

Agoi said that most of the teachers whom the TSC want to return to their schools in North Eastern have not even been given basic assurances like counseling after going through the horrifying incident and seeing their colleagues being massacred.

“Life becomes at time more important than a job. If teachers who went through the horrifying experience will be forced to go back to the North Eastern parts, will they be at peace as they teach the students? Will they give their all to those students?” posed the MP.

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He said that much as there ought to be cohesion among citizens in the country, one cannot be forced to work in a hostile environment.

“Here in Sabatia, we lost two promising teachers who had not even taught for more than five years in Mandera. We do not want the same to happen again. The government should do more than just assuring the teachers that the area is now safe,” he said.  

More than 2 000 teachers posted to parts of North Eastern region have defied orders by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to report on duty as their demands have not yet been met.

Many teachers were among the 64 people who were massacred by suspected Al Shabaab militants as they headed home for their Christmas Holidays.

Learning in many parts of North Eastern have been paralysed since the onset of the first term as teachers continue to defy the directive to go back to work.

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