We will present names of ‘dead’ promoted teachers to TSC, says KUPPET

Kisumu Executive Secretary Zablon Awange. Photo; Fredrick Odiero

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Kisumu branch has told off Leader of Minority Party and Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi that they cannot give names of ‘dead’ promoted teachers in a political gathering.

Speaking recently during Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) Kisumu County conference at Waterbuck Hotel in Nakuru, KUPPET Kisumu Executive Secretary Zablon Awange stated that they will present the names to their employer Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in a structured manner so that the commission can address the issue.

“We cannot give names of promoted late teachers in political gatherings,” said Awange.

Addressing Kisumu County KESSHA meeting at Waterbuck Hotel in Nakuru, he insisted that data of around 100 dead or retired teachers from the information they have gathered have been forwarded to the employer.

He said KUPPET is also represented in Parliament through our chairperson Emuhaya Member of Parliament Omboko Milemba and Bungoma Woman Representative Catherine Wambilianga, who doubles up as KUPPET Gender Secretary.

Awange said they have in the past used the same channel — education committee and labour committee in Parliament to address such issues backed by relevant data.

He added that the promotion of teachers was skewed and criticised the TSC policy of equal distribution of slots where Wajir gets equal number with Kisumu.

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Awange said promotions must consider pro rata and be based on number of teachers.

“Counties with more teachers must get more slots. I demand TSC to do away with equity in promotion,” he said.

The official said historical injustice must be addressed whereby those who formerly joined group N and were not appropriately promoted to D2 must be considered.

KUPPET, Awange said, previously fought delocalisation policy and won hence will continue fighting wrong TSC policies.

Domiciling of JSS in primary schools, he said, was wrong from inception. “We shouldn’t ask where the rain started beating us but must realise that we are being rained on educationally and we should transfer JSS to secondary schools to avoid wasting a whole generation,” he said.

Awange said secondary schools have human resources and infrastructure to accommodate JSS.

On delayed and reduced capitation, he said, is affecting running of schools operations adding that special schools are worst hit yet qualified teachers for special needs students are teaching in regular schools and have tried to transfer to special schools in vain.

Also, KUPPET, Awange said, is demanding for harmonisation of house and hardship allowance in Kisumu as a solution to staffing challenges in discriminated sub-counties.

He said the discrimination is a creation of the TSC and has affected staffing.

By Fredrick Odiero

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