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MPs dare TSC to sack defiant N. Eastern teachers

12 February 2015, 08:10 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – MPs have asked the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to transfer teachers who have refused to return to North Eastern because of security fears.

The MPs vowed to use Parliament to reverse any action of sacking the teachers who have defied orders to return to work since schools opened for first term last month.

Bomet Central MP, Ronald Tonui (Jubilee) and Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi (CORD) said the government’s assurance of beefed up security in North Eastern region for teachers to report to their respective schools is null and void.

Wandayi revealed that the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi rejected his petition seeking the House to urgently debate on  the picketing teachers’ issues on grounds that the matters were sill under deliberation by the Education Committee.

“The education sector is faced with the problem of monumental proportions. No meaningful learning is going on in North Eastern. Children in Mandera, Wajir and Garissa are suffering but the government is offering no solution and seems to sink its head in the sand,” said Wandayi.

“TSC should divert some of the allocated funds for immediate recruitment of preferable teachers in the region and transfers those who have applied. You cannot convict quarry workers for endangering their lives working in an insecure area and at the same time pushing teachers to return to those places,” he added.

Wandayi held that the conviction of 21 quarry workers in Mandera last week is a full prove of continued insecurity in the region thus the government should not issue firing threats to teachers for failure of returning to region.

“If those 1070 teachers are sacked, we will make a resolution as Parliament to reverse the action and resolve to sack Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi. TSC’s issued threats to the teachers are meaningless and we will not allow any teacher to be victimized,” said Wandayi.

Also read: Defiant North Eastern teachers risk losing jobs

Tonui warned National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale against making insensitive utterance on serious matters that need to be addressed on amicable and professional manner.

“Duale’s utterances to Knut officials that walimu si wa mama yako is misplaced and insensitive as a national leader. We might not be having good leadership in the House from from Duale’s utterances,” said Tonui.

He called on the Speaker and the House Business Committee in charge of Parliament’s daily activities to prioritize debating on the affected North Eastern education saying children are suffering and the picketing teachers cannot risk their lives to return to the region.

TSC has given the defiant teachers the last chance to return to their teaching stations after defying two issued notices lest they be sacked and replaced by new ones.

TSC last week advertised for the recruitment of new teachers, Knut officials threaten to sue the government in an international labor court if any teacher was to be sacked yet they were concerned about their security.   

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