7 February 2012

Kenya: Knut Officials Oppose Head Teachers' Contracts

Photo: Tom Maruko/The Nation
Teachers' strike (file photo): Working on contract means teachers would have set goals against which their performance would be measured.

TEACHERS from four counties have opposed recommendations by a task force to have head teachers work on a three-year contract.

Addressing the press at Kisii branch Knut offices,executive secretaries from 14 branches in four counties said they will oppose the recommendations to have head teachers sign contracts.

In a joint statement read by assistant national treasurer Richard Kibagendi the secretaries from Kisii, Nyamira, Homa Bay and Migori counties said the proposals by the task force are unrealistic. The task force proposed that head teachers should set goals against which their performance will be measured.

It also proposed that the ministry set minimum qualifications for head teachers based on skills, competencies, basic training in financial management and strategic leadership. "We are not going toaccept the proposals by the task force to have head teachers work on a renewable contract basis. The move is uncalled for and we will resist it," Kibagendi said.

Geofrey Mogire, Mary Owino,Harrison Gichira and Charles Ketege who are the union's NEC members from Nyanza vowed they will not allow their members to be intimidated by the recommendations. Mogire said offering quality education is necessary but they will oppose any move to have teachers work on contract saying they were not consulted over the recommendations.

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