Makueni KNUT official faults firing of 70,000 contract teachers

Makueni KNUT Secretary General, Benson Ndambuki, has faulted the move by the government to fire 70,000 teachers hired on contract last year during the teacher’s strike.

Ndambuki said the teachers would have gone a long way in alleviating the problem of acute shortage of teachers in public schools and asked the government to reconsider the decision.

Addressing journalists in Wote, the KNUT official noted that the government should have absorbed the teachers instead of firing them to improve the quality of education in public schools.

“Many schools are understaffed and it would have been better if the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had employed them on permanent and pensionable basis,” said Ndambuki.

The government last year hired 70,000 teachers on contract following a five-week teacher’s strike that paralysed education in public schools.

The teachers had been hired on a three-month contract expected to expire in the month of February this year.

By Roselyne Kavoo