Kenya: Kuppet Wants Teachers Enlisted in Police and KDF Sent to Public Schools

15 January 2020

Nairobi — Teachers enlisted in Kenya Defence Forces and the police service might find themselves in classrooms if a recommendation by the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) is adopted.

This follows the killing of 3 teachers in Garissa County, who are the latest victims of terrorism, in a worrying trend in the troubled Northern Kenya regions that border Somalia.

In a raft of measures, the union Chairman Omboko Milemba asked the government to also deploy at least two police officers in each public school in the region to provide security to the teachers

in the region. Such teachers should maintain

"Trained teachers who are currently enlisted in the disciplined forces, in particular the police services and KDF, should be redeployed to schools," Milemba said.

The three teachers were killed last week when terrorists stormed Kamuthe primary school in Garissa, where they abducted another teacher.

In addition, the union wants the regulation requiring newly employed teachers to work in their first stations for at least five years modified following recent attacks in Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, Tana River and Lamu Counties.

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