Teachers have a right to demand
13 January 2015, 11:08
Nairobi - In any country, there has to be a systematic symbiosis in the whole administrative sector to achieve reasonable economic goals.
When any part of the system commonly known as government fails, then a lapse begins and it has ripple effects that can send a whole country to its knees.
Currently, Kenya faces a crisis in the education sector with public schools remaining closed a week after term-one began across the country.
Teachers serving in public institutions have not reported to work owing to their foreseen strike. Warnings had been issued and intentions of negotiating laid bare but agencies representing the government did not take the teachers' unions seriously.
The legislative organ of government has been on record as being the most remunerated body within government for years. Their function is to represent the people, make laws and watch over the other arms of government so that nothing is amiss.
These duties do not match the salaries they receive.
If proper job evaluations were to be conducted fairly, Members of Parliament ought to get a few hundreds of thousands including all allowances, car payments and what not.
Executive office holders within government departments and agencies also earn hefty perks. Most of them are as redundant as a typewriter in 2015 yet they get paid basic salaries that can buy a new vehicle from a Toyota showroom. Their job descriptions are at times ambiguous; 'Assistant Deputy Director in charge of Special Affairs'.
Teachers on the other hand are a pivot in society. The carry the whole load of society in honor and disgrace alike. Whenever a child succeeds to attain high marks in an exam, teachers are forgotten in obscurity and it becomes the student's effort. However when the students do not perform to the ever-high expectations of parents, it is all the teacher's fault.
From a very early age, society in general depends on teachers to mould its children. Parents are always in a hurry to drop their kids in school and wash off the title of being chief disciplinarians and absolute guardians and parents. Parents always want to ignore the fact that they are supposed to be involved in their children's development more than even teachers.
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Come down to the classroom and the over crowding will shock you.
Teachers handle classes of up to 70 or 80 pupils and they are expected to mark their work, follow their individual progress manually, mark their exam scripts, compute the syllabus and have all of them at par. These are unrealistic objectives. The ratio of teachers to students needs to be addressed.
Looking at all the load that teachers carry on behalf of society, they deserve what they are demanding.
The government should mitigate dubious expenditures that do not aid the country's development and growth.
Education is prime and very pivotal for continuity of sustainable development we cannot gamble it away by maintaining unacceptable standards.
In any country, there has to be a systematic symbiosis in the whole administrative sector to achieve reasonable economic goals.
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