Mudavadi tells teachers to use their numbers to oust Uhuru
02 November 2015, 08:16
Nairobi - Former deputy prime minister, Musalia Mudavadi has asked teachers to use their numbers in influencing major decision making in the country through choosing of better leaders.
He said the recent tribulations that teachers have gone through under President Uhuru Kenyatta's government should propel them to use their numbers to oust him.
"Teachers hold a special place in society. They are not just the income elite and investors that underpin the local economy, but more so the moral fiber and development voice in society. In their hands, the destiny of our country is molded," he said.
Mudavadi said that the symbiotic relationship between teachers, their employer and the government has not worked in the recent past, forcing them to put more emphasis in industrial action as a response to government stubbornness.
"In this confrontation, matters of quality education have taken a back seat. The government finds it difficult to ask the teacher why education performance is failing without blaming the teacher for what is wrong," he said.
He called on the government to effect better remuneration for teachers like any other public employees by increasing their salaries as ordered by the Court of Appeal.
"The issue of TSC refusing to remit union dues under pretext that it's doing a payroll audit would be laughable if it were not tragic. If TSC isn't lying, why not pay the dues and deduct any overpayment to Unions in later remittances?" he posed.
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He noted that the route the government has taken by disputing and disregarding the Courts is brazen autocracy that a democratic country cannot afford.
He noted that the education sector is in shambles, from Early Childhood Development to university, where systems have broken down, yet government instead of addressing the meltdown, it has chosen the easy road of window dressing.
"Through attempts at damage control, impunity has driven the government to break every law and thrown management of education into disrepute. The result is Education policy is being made on a daily basis at the whim of individuals," he said.
Mudavadi said the shambles in the education sector and the Kenya National Examinations Council closing its eyes to exam leakages amounts to a government that is sabotaging human resources development.
It is destroying a generation, discrediting the legitimacy and credibility of education and its certification among Kenyans and abroad and reducing Kenyans' competitiveness in accessing employment.
"Given the massive leakage reported this year, I request Members of Parliament to urgently amend the KNEC law to make that body accountable to Kenyans rather than to the Cabinet Secretary for Education," he said.
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