KNUT threatens strike over new teacher deployment policy

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has asked Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to rescind plans to deploy teachers outside their home counties failure to which the Union would call for a teachers’ strike.

KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion said the tutors’ unions were never consulted over the proposed drastic policy changes contrary to the spirit of the Constitution that provided for public participation and added teachers would not allow the proposals to stand.

Speaking in Kapsabet Town in Nandi County Friday, Sossion faulted TSC for the twin proposals to recruit teachers applying for declared vacancies in the counties and deploying them outside where they had asked to work as well as the mooted move to introduce delocalization of school heads.

For these two policies, TSC should forget about implementing them because the changes are unworkable, said Sossion.

He said if enforced, the proposals would destabilize teachers as they would trigger break up of their families.

Sossion claimed the proposal on delocalization of teachers who were appointed to headship positions would destabilize more than 30, 000 families.

The Secretary General said the envisaged changes go against the Ministry of Education and TSC HIV/Aids work place policy because the affected teachers would be exposed to risks of contracting the scourge.

It is impossible to expect teachers with family problems to deliver in the classroom. Families must be put together so that teachers can teach and be protected against HIV, said Sossion.

He said the Union would formally write to TSC to protest the new changes in the demand-driven recruitment policy and demand that TSC shelves plans to deploy teachers away from counties in which they applied to work.

Sossion was in Nandi to attend a funds drive to assist the family of the deceased Nandi Knut branch official Sylvester Talam to raise funds for his children’s education.

Source: Kenya News Agency