LAIKIPIA, Kenya, Oct 14 – The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers(KUPPET) has distance itself from the referendum calls and urged proponents of the constitutional review to keep off dragging teachers in the debate.
Laikipia County KUPPET Executive Secretary Ndungu Wangenye has said that teachers will not be dragged in the debate claiming that those pushing for the referendum have also indicated that teacher’s employer-The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) should be abolished in an effort to cut the wage bill.
Wangenye said teachers will not support such a move saying they were not ready to be employed by the County government as was during the colonial times.
He said TSC was an independent body and sole employer of teachers and hence no one should interfere with its mandate.
Speaking to the press in his office, the KUPPET Executive Secretary at the same time defended teachers on exam cheating as class eight and form four candidates gear up for the forthcoming national examinations.
He said it was unfortunate that some leaders were also intimidating teachers during the examination and urged them to keep off teachers affairs.
Wangenye took issue with Laikipia County Women Representative Catherine Waruguru over claims that teachers were planning to go on strike prior to the exams arguing that teachers were ready to administer the examinations in an atmosphere free from threats and intimidation.
He however urged the government to ensure that teachers who will be engaged in administering and marking the exams are paid promptly without delay.