KNUT oppose transfer of teachers from their home county

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has opposed transfer of teachers from Home Sub-Counties to other parts of the country.

The officials said it will affect some of their members who will be transferred to insecurity prone areas such as North Eastern region and Mt. Elgon Constituency.

Bungoma County Executive Secretary Kenneth Ngangah said teachers in North Eastern region and other areas that have been hard hit by insecurity will be disadvantaged.

Addressing the press in his Bungoma town office, Ngangah said the Union was considering pushing for withdrawal of its members in the insecure areas to avoid being harmed by criminal gangs such as Al Shabaab.

Transfer of teachers to insecure areas is dangerous for their lives, we will soon advise our members to withdraw from such areas until their security is guaranteed, he said.

TSC is in the process of transferring teachers from their home county and be deployed to other areas to improve on performance.

The trade unionist said Knut had consulted the County Teachers Service Commission which had given them a go-ahead to temporarily redeploy nonresident teachers out of Mt Elgon to stop them from being harmed by armed criminals.

Majority of teachers serving in Mt Elgon come from the lower parts of Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga.

Ngangah said that it was unfortunate that the criminal gangs were targeting even women and girls whom they rape and kill.

We want the government to move with speed and arrest the insecurity issue, let the suspects terrorizing innocent people be arrested and be arraigned in court. The insecurity issue has affected learning in our schools hence leading to poor results in national examinations, he

said.

The trade unionist pointed out that the most affected area was Emia zone with 16 schools while Changeywo zone has 11 schools.

A total of 27 primary and secondary schools are faced with closure unless the insecurity issue is urgently addressed and we are saddened by this situation, he said.

Ngangah noted that the schools in the two zones which are located in the expansive Chepyuk settlement scheme in Kopsiro division had a total of 3,000 learners in school but following the ongoing wave of insecurity in the region only 281 pupils are in school now.

Source: Kenya News Agency