KUPPET Wants TSC To Recruit 115,000 Teachers Ahead of CBC
The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers, KUPPET, has questioned the government’s readiness to implement the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) in schools.
Secretary-general Akelo Misori said the government is only focused on additional infrastructure rather than employing teachers to address the deficit.
Addressing the 45th Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kessha) national conference at Sheikh Zayed Children’s Welfare Centre in Mombasa yesterday, Misori said 115,000 teachers must be hired if CBC is to succeed.
“Preparation for the junior secondary is dominated by building infrastructure. We are looking at a shortage of teachers yet the government has introduced 100 per cent transition.”
He said the government has frozen negotiations to increase teachers’ salaries and allowances yet some public servants receive huge perks.
Misori said Kuppet will revive negotiations for the 2021-25 Collective Bargaining Agreement cycle with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
“The salary review for teachers was put on hold because of Covid, but the economy has since grown and we can initiate negotiations with the employer soon,” he said.
The Kuppet chief told TSC to fund teachers’ training for professional development.
He criticised the government over what he termed militarisation of examinations, saying head teachers who manage examination centres must be respected.
“There is a case where the head teacher was ill-treated by security officers over suspicion that there was exam leakage.”
In defense, Early Learning and Basic Education PS Julius Jwan said the Education ministry takes about 26 per cent of the national budget and it may be difficult to raise more funds for the docket.
Dr Jwan denied claims of militarisation of exams, saying security agents only act on cheating reports in particular centres.
He suggested that the huge number of non-schooling children could be due to a lack of jobs for parents who cannot afford fees.