The Star (Nairobi)

15 July 2014

Kenya: KNUT Faults Plan to Hire Intern Teachers

Teachers have threatened to go on strike if the government allows counties to hire interns. The Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary general Wilson Sossion said the Council of Governors is out to weaken the union after their move to hire Early Childhood Development Education teachers was stopped.

Sossion said the national and county governments are sowing discord among teachers. He said all teachers must be employed by the Teachers Service Commission since it is the only agency mandated to do so.

"The Council of Governors is sabotaging the ongoing court case in which Knut sought to stop county governments from employing ECDE teachers," Sossion said. "TSC is the constitutional commission mandated to hire teachers." He said Knut will merge with other major teachers' unions in the country. Sossion said the government and governors should not reintroduce the hiring of teachers on contract, as this is against the wish of teachers. He said Knut will merge with the University Academic Staff Union.

Sossion said he supports recommendations by the government task force reviewing secondary school curriculum to reduce secondary school lessons to 27 a week and 35 lessons a week for primary schools. He was speaking during the homecoming party of the newly-elected Knut assistant secretary general Charles Katege in Migori town on Saturday.

Suna East MP Junet Mohammed said the government should respect the needs of teachers. He said all teachers should be employed by the TSC. "What kind of a government will close its eyes when people are raising pertinent issues affecting them?"Junet said.

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