Knut Rejects MOE’s Decision to Train teachers on weekend
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has strongly opposed the decision by the Ministry of Education to train teachers in Bomet County during the weekend.
According to Knut, this infringes on the rights of teachers who should not be on duty during weekends.
Knut National Executive Council member, who doubles up as Bomet branch executive secretary Mr Malel Langat, maintains that the training should be held on weekdays.
Bomet County director of education Apollo Apuko has however insisted that the training for the grades 1, 2, and 3 teachers must be held on weekends.
Apuko directed all sub-county education bosses to invite teachers for the training sessions as per the schedules released.
The targeted teachers are to be trained in review of curriculum designs and instructional materials for Kiswahili, English and Literacy learning.
Mr Langat has threatened to take legal action against Mr Apuko if the training continues on weekends.
“While we recognise the need for the training as of prime importance, we feel our members [teachers] freedom of religion and rights to worship as enshrined in our constitution will be infringed upon,” Mr Langat stated.
Knut wants the two parties resume talks to ensure seamless delivery of services.
Mr Apuko insisted the trainings will proceed as scheduled and said Knut position was “misplaced”.
“We have mobilised our officers, teachers and trainers for the training sessions and the directive will not be reversed. The Ministry of Education has no intention of infringing on the rights of the teachers,” Mr Apuko. He noted that the scheduled training was important for the teachers as it would improve the standards of education and impart teachers with skills to handle Competency Based Curriculum.