The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) officials have appealed to the government to honour agreements signed on behalf of Kenyan teachers four years ago.
The KUPPET deputy Secretary General Moses Thurima revealed that in the memorandum among other conditions was the increase of teachers’ salaries.
Speaking in Isiolo County during an Annual General Meeting Thurima said the national economy is slowly recovering from the slump after the general election and the time is ripe for teachers to get their part of the bargain.
The officials urged the government to direct funds toward the implementation of the Competency-Based-Curriculum (CBC) for it to get running.
The KUPPET’s assistant national treasurer Ronal Kiprotich Tanui cited the lack of funds for the implementation of the CBC as a major challenge which he said the government must address to enable learners to get the much-desired change in the education system.
On the delocalization of teachers, Thurima said there was a need to review the Teachers Service Commission’s authorization so that teachers could have the freedom to work from areas they can take care of their families as well.
He said that directives by the president that delocalization should be stopped, will remain mere political rhetoric if the government does not work on the policy.
He warned teachers would continue to languish under the current laws which give TSC too much power over the rights of teachers in the country
Thurima urged the teachers to shun engaging chiefs in their issues but rather work with the ministry of education and the association to ensure their safety and welfare are looked into.
While responding to allegations of chiefs intimidating teachers, Isiolo County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding directed that chiefs in remote areas should create a good working relationship and facilitate the teachers so that they can deliver on their mandates.
Omoding said there were isolated incidents of non-cooperation between teachers and chiefs in the Merti and Oldonyiro wards.
The county commissioner said that chiefs must ensure civil servants in their areas of jurisdiction are not intimidated by criminals, Morans and pupils, especially in remote areas where there is insecurity.