The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has been urged to convene an urgent stakeholders meeting to address the escalating insecurity in North Eastern Kenya and other vulnerable regions.
The Kenya Teachers in Hardship and Arid Areas Welfare Association (KETHAWA) National Secretary, Wangonya Wangenye, emphasized the need for a collaborative discussion involving the TSC, the parliamentary committee on education, and other relevant stakeholders.
“Two General Service Unit (GSU) officers lost their lives and four others were injured in an improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Daadab, Garissa County, while en route to supervise national exams,” he decried.
Wangenye expressed concern over the safety of unarmed teachers in such insecure environments, given the peril faced even by trained and armed security personnel.
He further called for a national debate on the impact of insecurity on education in North Eastern and other affected areas, emphasizing the need for the TSC to change its approach.
He urged the TSC to collaborate with teachers and view them as partners rather than competitors, with a focus on community engagement, seminars, and enlightening locals about the positive influence of non-local educators.
Additionally, Wangenye proposed the introduction of risk allowances and insurance policies for teachers in these areas to encourage and support those working in security-prone regions.
He stressed the importance of cooperation between the TSC and teachers to enhance the overall well-being of educators, reiterating that they are partners with a common goal.
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