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Teachers caution Raila against devolving education sector

25 August 2014, 10:51 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Teachers in Bungoma County have strongly opposed a proposal by CORD leader, Raila Odinga to have education devolved to counties and appealed to him to abandon the idea.

Mt Elgon Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Executive Secretary, Stephen Chemonges said counties have no capacity to run the function fully, and devolving it will only lead to compromise in quality.

"The health docket was devolved to counties and workers in the sector have already faced so many challenges. Teachers in this country are over 400 000; will the county governments which have proved inefficient in health be able to manage them?" posed the unionist.

Speaking to journalists over the weekend at his office in Kapsokwony, Chemonges asked the opposition leader to go slow on the issue and warned that he risks facing the wrath of the teachers if he does not relent on the matter.

"This is a sensitive matter and most of us teachers want the education function to remain under the national government. Raila is touching on a raw nerve and he should reconsider his position," cautioned the Knut boss.

The former Prime Minister last week called for devolution of education to the counties, arguing that the devolved units are better placed to understand the educational needs of the county residents.

He also called for the transfer of education functions from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to county governments, noting that the local authorities would take charge of employment of teachers as a way of easing staff shortages and improving standards.

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