KNUT official in Mombasa rubbishes TSC Amendment Bill, 2024

KNUT Kilindini branch Executive Secretary Dan Aloo at a past forum. File Photo

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Kilindini branch Executive Secretary Dan Aloo has criticized the recently proposed amendments to the TSC Act, 2012 through the TSC (Amendment) Bill, 2024 stating that the country’s teacher employer must respect the Constitution.

While speaking to Education News recently, Aloo said that the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) should fully respect the recommendations contained in the final Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms (PWPER) report, adding that the Commission Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Nancy Macharia might have been misguided in coming up with the amendment.

“The Teachers Service Commission is an independent commission inter-dependent to key stakeholders but not a subsidiary association mobilized to soothe their egos. The TSC should not water down the President Working Party’s recommendations in the guise of amending the TSC Act, 2012. It should respect Articles 41, 50, 249, 230 and 257; and that the TSC CEO should realize that someone is misguiding her in order to invite disputes and embarrassment both in Court and the public domain,” he said.

Early this month, TSC invited the public to give views on its proposed amendments to the TSC Act, 2012 through an invitation notice whose deadline for receiving written memoranda was February 15, 2024.

Further, Aloo also called for full support of day secondary schools by the Government noting that it will improve academic performance.

Supporting the recent move where Mombasa County announced a plan that will see all students in day schools get bursaries, he noted that most students in the schools are unable to pay school fees owing to their humble backgrounds.

Aloo observed that that the initiative will improve the KCSE examination performance of the students.

“This is the best New Year gift for Mombasa parents. This shall motivate the parents, learners and teachers. We expect the law to engrave its legality and legitimacy and school heads should properly manage the funds to avoid double pay. We call upon MPS to follow suit and pay the remaining fee balances in order to maintain attendance, performance and completion,” he said.

He added: “We call upon Wings to Fly, Elimu Fund, KCB, Family Bank and any other donors to sponsor the day scholars as a way to motivate and uplift day scholars.”

By Roy Hezron

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