NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 16 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has written to Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi demanding that all teachers from Northern Kenya who have requested a transfer to be relocated to safer areas.
In the letter, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion indicates that the security situation in the region is not conducive and thus the tutors should be given a chance to choose where they want to work.
While referring to the attack at the Garissa University College where over 140 students were massacred in a terror attack, Sossion indicated that due to the situation, teachers and students are currently weighing their own security situation and making informed choices on matters touching on their personal safety.
“The union demands that your office gives a directive to transfer and relocate teachers and students respectively, who have requested to be transferred to areas where their security is guaranteed,” he demanded.
He stated that the union has forwarded all forms filled by teachers who wish to be transferred to safer areas to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) so that appropriate action may be taken.
“The union is forwarding to TSC all transfer forms filled by teachers who wish to be transferred to safer areas. The union demands that your office gives a directive to transfer and relocate teachers and students respectively, who have requested to be transferred to areas where their security is guaranteed. The students should relocate to other universities and colleges across the country where they can successfully complete their studies,” he stated.
He also emphasised the need for the students to relocate to other universities and colleges across the country where they can successfully complete their studies.
More than 95 public schools were closed because of insecurity and in Garissa, Mandera and Wajir while more than 1,000 non-indigenous teachers have refused to return to work since January for fear of terrorist attacks.
Sossion further protested the summoning of three teachers from the Garissa Teachers College accused of inciting students not to report to the institution due to insecurity.
He stressed that the disciplinary hearing of Alice Wambui, Eunice Musau and Munuve Mwaniki should be indefinitely postponed until proper investigations are conducted and the allegations proven.
The teachers are accused of inciting students by making voice calls, and spreading messages of imaginary terror attacks.
“The above named teachers have received letters dated 22.5.2015 summoning them to appear before the college Board of Management on 6th June, 2015 which is a non-working day (Saturday) for grilling and subsequent disciplinary action taken against them as considered “appropriate”. The allegations against them are serious and need to be properly investigated and proven beyond reasonable doubt,” he said.
According to the college, the incitement caused panic and put the college into a situation of uncertainty in addition to delaying the opening date of the institution.
“This act of you is sabotage and a complete contradiction of the government effort to restore order and confidence in the institutions of higher learning in the aftermath of the Garissa University terror attack. You are therefore, scheduled to appear before the College Board of Management on 06/06/15 for grilling and subsequent disciplinary action as appropriate,” a letter addressed to the three and signed by the Principal Aden Muktar stated.