12 December 2012

Kenya: Teachers Plan to Bag 47 Counties Women's Representative Slots

THE Kenya National Union of Teachers is planning to have the 47 county women's representative taken up by female teachers. Chairman Wilson Sossion said they will also support women teachers going for other political seats.

Speaking at the second Knut national women caucus that preceded the teachers' 55th annual delegates conference in Kisumu yesterday, Sossion said Knut has a mandate to ensure that a third of women hold elective posts as required by the constitution.

"It is good that the Knut constitution has since been amended to be in tandem with the country's constitution that gives women a third of leadership positions," he said.

Sossion called on the Teachers Service Commission to speed up the elevation of women teachers to top positions as stated in the constitution.

He was accompanied by executive secretary general Okuta Osiany, treasurer Albanus Mutisya and Alliance Girls High School Principal Dorothy Kamwilu.

Sossion said women teachers are the worst hit by the hard economic times facing the teaching fraternity. He added that they will try to deploy at least five teachers to each polling station in the general election to preach peace.

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