Teachers’ strike looms over delocalization, appraisal policies

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has threatened to call for strike in all public schools should the government fail to meet their grievances.

Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion said that should the government fail to address their grievances promptly then learning in public schools will be paralyzed in the coming term set to begin in May this academic calendar.

We demand the Ministry of Education to terminate the policy of delocalization of teachers, quash the implementation of Teacher Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) and embrace promotion of teachers to higher job groups, said an agitated Sossion.

The KNUT Secretary General who is also nominated Member of Parliament on ODM Party accused Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia of failing to put into action their demands despite their past agreements with the commission.

Sossion decried that the policy of delocalization of teachers jeopardizes the teachers’ performance denying the students access to quality education.

Teachers were employed to deliver to the students not spending most of their time allocated for class lessons in cyber filling the appraisal forms, added Sossion.

He accused the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), a body charged with the distribution of the government sponsored free texts books to public schools, of failing to distribute text books to the teachers adding that the teachers should be liberal about the kind of text books to use.

Sossion was speaking during Homa Bay Branch Knut annual general meeting held at Homa Bay High school yesterday where he was accompanied by area Woman representative Gladys Wanga.

Source: Kenya News Agency