Kericho KUPPET laments over dismissal of 154 JSS intern teachers

Kericho Branch Executive Secretary Mary Rotich

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Kericho Branch Executive Mary Rotich has termed the sacking of 154 Junior Secondary School (JSS) intern teachers by Teachers Service Commission (TSC) as heartless.

Rotich while speaking during the burial of Bernard Cheruiyot, a JSS teacher in Kericho County who killed self this week revealed that termination of intern teachers by TSC will put the teachers in a lot of stress as some of them don’t know where to turn to and risks to ever getting employed by the commission.

She faulted the County Director of Education (CDE) for serving the 154 intern teachers with termination letters despite even complying with the Return-to-work formula signed by KUPPET and TSC on behalf of the JSS teachers as well as replying the show cause letters which were earlier released by the Commission as a result of demos which lasted nearly a month.

“I want to call upon the CDE, Kericho County to see the number of JSS teachers who have been sacked. Shame on you director, the number of 154 from the total 700 across the country is huge, how heartless are you?


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“Most of the terminated teachers replied to the show cause letters issued by TSC, as well as reporting to school as per the agreement reached. We really condemn this,” she said.

The KUPPET official called upon TSC to reconsider the termination of teachers and reinstates them to their previous posts as the students will end up losing a lot unlike their counterparts in various regions which have not been affected.

“We ask the Commission to see the issue and reconsider the move by cancelling all the termination letters and bring them back to schools. These teachers are few and have done a lot of work in their respective stations, they have gone through a lot of difficulties and the best thing TSC can is confirming them into Permanent and Pensionable (PnP) terms,” she added.

She further called for awareness of mental health among the youths which has been on the surge in recent years causing the society to lose vibrant future leaders.

By Vostine Ratemo

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