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Shelve laptop project and employ teachers, Knut tells govt

29 October 2013, 12:01 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The Vihiga County Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) branch has asked the Jubilee government to shelve the class one laptop project for a later date, and instead direct the money in employing and maintenance of teachers countrywide.

The county secretary Nathaniel Shibira said that the government should accept that the project was not well planned for, and thus put it on hold as it goes back to the drawing board.

“It was a good project, but then it was not well planned for in advance to be implemented immediately. The government should thus go back to the drawing board and plan for it effectively before its implementation,” said Shibira.

He said that the project will only kick off without hiccups if all the education stakeholders in the country will be consulted on its effectiveness.

“We want the government to shelve the laptop project and instead direct the money set aside for them in addressing the teacher shortage in the country that stands at 70 000, not including those teachers who will retire at the end of this year,” he said.

Shibira said that the ratio of teachers to students in the public schools was worrying and thus if the government will not employ more teachers, its dedication towards offering quality education to its citizens will be in great doubt.

“The union (Knut) is rooting for quality education for our children first, before they are given the laptops,” he said.

This came even as government faced a setback in its laptop project after bidders quoted more than what the government had planned for and it declined to dig deeper into its pockets.

Shibira further said that delegates in Vihiga were happy with the unwavering Sossion as the giant teachers’ unions’ elections are fast approaching in December.

He said that the union is fully behind Sossion because he handles the union’s issues without any selfishness.

“Teachers in Vihiga want someone who will continually handle their welfare very well. We support Sossion and his team so that they can realign the union to become vibrant and serious in dealing with issues pertaining to teachers,” he said.


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