We are ready for the sack, defiant teachers say
04 February 2015, 12:03
Nairobi – Defiant North Eastern teachers have said they are ready for any government action including the sack after defying orders by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to return to their respective work stations this week.
The group led by North Eastern teachers chairman, Johannes Osoro condemned the government’s sack threats saying they should have instead sought amicable interventions on the matter.
Hundreds of defiant teachers had camped at the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) headquarters waiting for the National Assembly committee on Education to meet their officials but cancelled the discussions under undisclosed reasons.
“As at now, we are ready for anything even the sacking but dully procedure must be followed. We are professionals and the government should engage us in a professional manner,” said Osoro.
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Osoro added that teachers are not to blame for failure to return to North Eastern, faulting the government for failing to provide them with enough security while at work in the region.
Angered by the Education committee’s failure to hold discussions with Knut officials to finding solutions to the teachers’ grievances, they proceeded to the Parliament Buildings and camped at the entrance seeking audience with the area MPs despite the House being on recess until February 10, 2015.
Labor Cabinet Secretary, Kazungu Kambi threw his weight behind the teachers seeking transfers saying the government should listen to them before taking any action.
“The government has made necessary arrangements for the safety of North Eastern teachers and local leaders have been engaged and agreed to ensure they are safe at work,” said Kambi.
“However, they should be listened to because they are also human beings,” he added.
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