NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has softened his hard line position regarding new basic education regulations and says he is willing to abide by the decision of the Parliamentary committee on delegated legislation which is seized of the matter.
Speaking after holding a daylong meeting that brought Ministry and Teachers Service Commission officials, Kaimenyi urged the committee to act with urgency so as to diffuse the tension that has riddled the country since the announcement.
“They are not oblivious to our environment; I believe they know the urgency of the matter. Our expectation is that they will fast-track their meetings and tell Kenyans the way forward, and as good law abiding citizens we shall comply with their decision,” Kaimenyi said.
Last week the regulations by Kaimenyi were tabled in Parliament amid outrage by legislators who wanted Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso to declare them illegal, before the matter was referred to the committee on delegated legislation to peruse them and advice the House appropriately.
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Kaimenyi who has received backlash from teachers Unions who have even threatened to initiate industrial action when the schools resume from the April holidays said his decisions were meant to better the lives of students further adding that he was not shaken by the threats by MPs to impeach him.
“My conscience is very clear that I have done my best in the interest of this country, and will continue to serve the people of Kenya. I haven’t heard my boss complaining about my performance so that he can sack me. It is unfortunate that in this country we are subjected to threats and intimidation, simply because I am not in that parliament – they can do it, as long as it is within the law,” stated Kaimenyi.
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TSC Chairperson Lydia Nzomo, said 99 percent of the regulations by Kaimenyi were good adding that the one percent which they have issues with were being reviewed.
“There are one of two which require clarification, one of them being the definition of who is the head of an institution, we are resolving this,” said Nzomo.
She also dispelled the notion that Kaimenyi was taking over the Commissions’ on hiring and firing of teachers stating that the constitution gave the TSC the mandate of hiring, promoting and transferring and firing of teachers.
On reforming the education sector, Kaimenyi hinted that already the TSC had commenced staff appraisal and that teachers would be put on performance contracts to ensure better service delivery.
They also acknowledged the fact that TSC would be able to conduct its mandate more ably with the addition of more commissioners.