Showdown looms between the government and teachers over mass transfer of principals among other reforms in education sector

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 BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,26TH DEC 2017-Showdown looms between the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT)  and the Teachers Service Commission  over transfer of teachers  with  557 principals and head teachers having been transferred since last week. KNUT wants government to suspend the move until there has been adequate consultations.

In a statement  sent to newsrooms on Tuesday, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion accused the Commission of making unilateral decisions without consultations with other key players in the education sector.

“We totally oppose the unilateral decision to transfer 557 principals. We consider the idea ill-conceived and we suspect the plotters do not mean well as this action could, at the end, negatively affect the sector in many ways including demoralising hardworking and successful teachers who view this action as punishment for poor performance in the affected schools.”

“We would like to warn that if all these concerns are not addressed then teachers will withdraw labour and schools will not open in the new year,” he said.

KNUT is also demanding for the immediate removal of the recently introduced mandatory teachers’ appraisals whose effect, he says, would be to affect teaching negatively.

“…It is laborious, tedious, time consuming and is adding no value to teaching,” read the statement.

This comes  just  just a  week before the schools opens for first term next month,If  an amicable solution is not reached in time  KNUT may call a national strike of its members  paralyzing learning

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