Teachers' union stand on North Eastern transfers justifiable
04 February 2015, 17:13
Nairobi - Recent terror attacks in Kenya have left citizens reeling in mass fear and uncertainty.
Key sectors of the economy have been affected largely due to the state of insecurity in various parts of the country.
While there have been changes in the teams heading the various security apparatus in the country, the challenges remain present now, as they were before.
Following terror attacks on a Nairobi bound bus in Mandera late last year which lead to the killing of 28 people, many of whom were teachers, the New Year has seen schooling activities in the North Eastern region largely affected. This has obviously been occasioned by the refusal of teachers from other parts of the country to return to their work stations. Threats by education officials to sack the said teachers have not seen them budge. Are they justified in their actions? Absolutely.
In order to execute any duties in any working environment, one needs to be assured of very basic things starting with their own security.
Working in an environment where the risk of death is ever imminent is the worst thing that can happen to any employee.
The situation with the teachers is rather dire and with some offering to resign, it would be of importance for the government to move with speed to ensure that the situation is rectified.
While every citizen is free to live and work in any part of this country, this liberty is severely curtailed when lives are at such risk.
Security should be the key to any development in a country. If citizens of a nation cannot be assured of their own security, development is jeopardized as a result.
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The stand taken by teachers will soon, likely to be taken by other professionals.
In due time, if this trend remains, we will have a situation where some sections, if not all, of our country are not governable. The tourism industry will crumble, investors will shy away and human capital will be severely affected.
The summoning of the head of the teachers union by the criminal investigations department to answer to accusations of incitement was an exercise in futility. Such an act was merely similar to an ostrich burying its head in the sand and pretending that the problem it faced just got away.
The government needs to address, hands on, the security situation not only in north eastern but in every part of the country. The pupils and students in schools from these parts of the country have lost so much time as things stand. The sooner we address the root cause of this matter, the better for everyone.
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