Union calls for security of teachers

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) officials from Marsabit County have threatened to call for the withdrawal of all teachers from other parts of the country serving in the region if their security was not assured.

The KNUT threat was triggered by an attack on about 10 non-local teachers by angry students at Chalbi Boys secondary School in Marsabit North sub county on Monday morning which left two of them hospitalised in critical condition.

In a press statement issued at his office in Marsabit town on Wednesday, the local KNUT Branch Executive Secretary (ES), Lufle Gambare condemned the incident, saying the attack on the teachers could have been averted if the education and Teachers Service Commission did not disregard the union’s pleas regarding the attacked teachers.

Gambare said even before the assault on the teachers, the union had informed the education and TSC officials that the school staffroom at Chalbi boys was divided between locals and non-local teachers.

The union official added that two of the affected teachers were witnesses in a case to the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination irregularities which is set to be determined on July 12, 2018 (next week) by Marsabit High Court.

He said the union was disturbed that neither the local community nor the school administration has made effort to intervene or condemn the act two days after it took place.

The ES demanded for prompt legal action against the perpetrators of the unrest at the school, saying that the students could not have acted on their own.

In April, the Union and the County Education Board recommended for the transfer of the two teachers who were critically injured during the school unrest on Monday on security grounds because they were witnesses in the examination cheating case which the TSC allegedly ignored.

He accused area politicians of being inclined towards one local community whom he said were interfering with the county education system.

However, Saku Member of Parliament, Col. (Rtd) Dido Rasso said the incident at the school was unacceptable and that Marsabit leaders were saddened by it.

The legislator said teachers irrespective of which part of Kenya they came from had a right to serve in Marsabit.

He whose constituency development fund (CDF) disbursed sh. 21 million bursary to needy bright students called on law enforcement agencies to make sure that perpetrators were arrested and punished.

Col. Rasso dismissed the allegations from KNUT, saying leaders in the county were very particular about the development of education.

He said that the local political leadership was only interested in doing what was best for pupils and students in the region.

The legislator called on the local office of the union and that of the TSC to always act professionally by avoiding clannism and politics.

The education sector is very sensitive and I would ask these major stakeholders of the sector to be diligent in their work especially on matters concerning transfers and promotions, he advised.

Source: Kenya News Agency