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Ruto promises 800 new teachers for North Eastern

20 August 2015, 16:59 William Korir

Nairobi - The government will hire new teachers to fill the gap left by those who fled Northern Kenya due to insecurity, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Ruto said this during a meeting held with officials from Ministry of Education, Teachers Service Commission, Knec and leaders from Northern Kenya.

“The ministry of Education in collaboration with schools Board of Governors (BOGs) will employ 800 teachers to fill the gap of those who left the area recently due to insecurity,” he said at his Karen office on Thursday.

“Those (teachers) to be employed comprising Untrained Teachers (UT’s) must report to their respective schools by 1st September, this year.”

 He said firm measures have been put in place to ensure security of residents, adding there was no reason teachers who left should not resume work.

“We are committed to addressing the serious education challenges in the region caused by insecurity problems which were witnessed in the recent past. I wish to ask teachers who left their stations recently to go back because security has been restored,” Ruto said.

 The DP said to ensure uninterrupted learning, the government has allocated 500 opportunities for locals wishing to join teacher-training colleges across the country in the next three years.

“This will ensure a sizeable threshold for the local community. It is now upon the leadership of the region to sensitize the locals on the need to apply for the vacancies,” he said.

 Ruto said the University Council will consult relevant authorities and leaders from Northern Kenya before the Garissa University College, which was attacked by terrorists, is reopened.

He urged leaders to work together in solving the problems facing the region.

“As we address the issues which have become the stumbling block to the development of the region, I ask leaders to encourage the locals to take advantage of the situation to invest in education.”

Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi said the ministry was engaging leaders from Northern Kenya to address the problem of understaffing caused by insecurity, which forced teachers to flee the area.

An official from Kenya National Examination Council said there will be no special or delayed examinations in any part of the country, including Northeastern, adding that all pupils will sit the examinations at the same time.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said education could help fight against radicalisation of youth into acts of violent extremism.

“There are other public servants working in the region and also members of the local community and we wonder why TSC teachers have kept off the region,” said Duale.

 The leaders said teachers and other public servants could not refuse to work in any part of the country as this disregards the official government policy.

“Insecurity cannot be overriding reason for teachers to leave the region while those in private schools and in upcountry areas of the region are in their places of work,” said Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow.

The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretaries Kipsang Bellio (Education), Colleta Suda (Science and Technology) and TSC chairperson Lydia Nzomo.

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