, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 8 – Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion has said continued wrangles about the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission are affecting the education sector.
Sossion said several schools are usually affected on Mondays whenever CORD supporters hold protests because the safety of teachers and children is not guaranteed.
“As teachers of this country we advice there is need to agree whether through constitutional structures or acceptable dialogue, let us not see children being killed on Monday,” he said
Several schools were closed in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, parts of Kisumu, Siaya and Homa Bay which were rocked by violent protests leading to the killing of two people and injuries to dozens others.
KNUT National Chairman Mudzo Nzili who was with Sossion at the press conference took the opportunity to stress that there is no animosity between them as widely reported in sections of the media.
“Contrary to the misconceptions of the media, we are not fighting, we are busy fighting for the welfare of teachers,” he said.
Nzili also advocated for peaceful settlement of the IEBC saga so that school children can enjoy their right to education.
The two had earlier opened a workshop for participants to address the issue of gender based violence in schools.
The initiative of the program is to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all through curbing of school gender based violence which derails education achievements for many.
Sossion said they were proud to be partnering with the Gender at Work initiative to do a rare thing that will create gender equity. Thirty teachers out of 291,000 have been selected to represent the country.
“We are running a programme of great magnitude to eliminate all forms of school based gender based violence so that our children learn well in our communities “he said.
Nzili who was the main speaker said that many people think that only girls are in danger but the truth of the matter is that both the girl child and the boy child are in danger. Despite that studies show that the girls are more at risk with only 20pc completing their education.
He asked teachers to be responsible and put strategies that not only curtail social evils but also preserve the dignity of the world. He furthermore said that cases of antisocial behaviour, sexual abuse both physically and emotional such as rape among respectable people within the teaching profession are becoming common.
“The teachers’ union shall not support teachers involved with such behaviours,” he said.