BY CORRESPONDENT,GARISSA,23RD FEB 2020-Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has promised that he will personally see to it that the problems of teachers shortage and transfers which have been the order of the day in North Eastern region has been addressed fully.Odinga said the ongoing education crisis in Northern Eastern Kenya, where teachers have withdrawn over insecurity incidents can not be ignored.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) last month transferred more than 3,000 non-local teachers from Wajir, Mandera and Garissa counties following terror attacks targeting tutors.
“It is painful for children to go to classrooms where there are no teachers. We must find a solution to this,” the former premier said.
The mass exodus of teachers came after militants attacked the Kamuthe Resource Centre and killed three male teachers on January 13.
“We must bring teachers and also declare an affirmative action so that we can have more local teachers working here,” Odinga said.
The matter has also caught the attention of the National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale who wants the TSC and Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha to be summoned before Parliament to explain measures put in place to mediate the crisis.
The legislator noted that most national government programmes including the ongoing roll out of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and 100 percent secondary school transitions have stalled as a result of the actions by TSC to withdraw teachers on security grounds.
“TSC Act doesn’t allow it to divide its workforce across the country along tribal, ethnic and religious line as it has happened in the mass transfers of teachers in NEP,” Duale said.
“The Constitution of Kenya, in Article 53 (1)(b) state that every child has a right to free and compulsory basic education and Article 55 (a) the State shall take measures, including affirmative action programmes, to ensure that the youth access relevant education and training.”
The recent withdrawal of non-local teachers is not new to the region where terror attacks are frequent, with Kenyans from other parts of the country being the main target.
In 2018, there was a similar mass walkout of teachers from the region due to insecurity.