KUPPET Wants Boarding Schools To Be Phased Out To Ease Burden On Teachers
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers has urged the government to begin the progressive process of phasing out boarding schools to ease the workload on teachers.
KUPPET Secretary-General Akelo Misori revealed that unlike their counterparts in day schools, boarding school teachers end up working long hours yet get no extra pay.
He said the situation has been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic which has forced boarding schools’ teachers to factor more hours to ensure students recover the time lost during schools closure.
Misori was speaking in Embu town during a meeting with the union delegates from the upper and lower eastern regions.
He maintained that boarding school teachers are overburdened since they have to play a double role in teaching and parenting since they also have to watch over the learners to ensure they are safe after classes.
According to the secretary-general, all efforts must be put in to ensure that in the end all learners go home after school.
“This is the conversation that all stakeholders and policymakers must start engaging in,” said the SG, adding that it will also go a long way in limiting cases of insecurity in school.
Kuppet chairman Omboko Milemba faulted the Ministry of Education for labelling teaching as an essential service and asking school heads to stay in school for longer hours.
“It is wrong to ask teachers to stay longer hours than usual yet you don’t get them means to go back home or give them an allowance for that matter,” he said.
The officials also took issue with the security situation in Laikipia County where their members, they said, have been caught up in the chaos.
They called on the government to move with speed to ensure calm is restored.
The Kuppet officials threatened to withdraw their teachers from class should the situation not improve in the days to come.
“If the situation does not improve the soonest, we will have no other choice than to ask teachers to stay away from class,” Milemba said.