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KNUT: We Will Ensure Deserving Teachers Are Promoted Featured

KNUT: We Will Ensure Deserving Teachers Are Promoted

The Kenya Union of Teachers (KNUT) has expressed it commitments to ensure that deserving teachers get promotions on merit.

KNUT says it will not allow anyone trying to freeze teacher’s promotions and that the government must ensure a proper scheme of service to the teachers.

KNUT Second Vice Chairman Wyclife Etole Omuchayi alleged that the government was trying to freeze the promotions and asked it to move with caution on that trend.

He said performing teachers should be awarded such promotions and that KNUT will not relent to fighting for the right of its members.

Etole noted that KNUT was opposed to attempts to reject teachers who have gone to university to advance their education who attain a mean grade of C in their KCSE exams.

Etole said this would amount demeaning the teachers noting that if the university recognizes the documents, then no one should make attempts to oppose them.

He accused TSC Chief Executive Officer Gabriel Lengoiboni of 'double speak' and trying to disintegrate the union.

The KNUT official made the remarks on Saturday in Nyahururu town when he graced the Laikipia KNUT branch Annual general meeting.

Speaking at the same time, KNUT Women representative Ms. Jecinta Ndegwa challenged the teachers to recruit more   members to the union to make it stronger.

She also accused the government for making frantic efforts to disunite the union by using rival group KUPPET.

She described KUPPET as a government project meant to antagonize KNUT’s demands.

Ms. Ndegwa at the same time caution teachers against signing performance contracts with the government saying this was a move to bring them down.

She advised teachers to ensure they also invest in other entrepreneurial activities to so as to be able to finance their needs.

Ms Ndegwa said there was no point of waiting for the government to finance them once they expressed their interests to advance on their education.

Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu who also attended the ceremony said education of the children was a paramount and would not be taken as an option by his administration.

He said the county government has put education as a mandatory requirement and called on other stakeholders to support education to ensure they achieve their intended goals.

Irungu noted that much as education was a national Government matter, there was a need for the country government to synergize, support and complement matters geared towards improving on education.

Irungu said his administration will employ about 900 Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers and help relieve the burden from parents saying this was a way to supporting the education sector.

By Maureen Murimi

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