Put TSC Under Magoha’s Ministry: KNUT Advices Uhuru, Defends Magoha
Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General, Wilson Sossion, has once again defended Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha against accusations of bullying junior officers.
Kenyans have attacked Magoha for publicly insulting an education official based in Uasin Gishu county.
The controversial KNUT SG however feels that cartels have magnified the incident beyond proportion just because CS Magoha is tirelessly fighting corruption in the ministry.
“The same cartels who fought and removed CS Amina Mohamed are taking advantage of a minor incident to remove Magoha because of his stance against corruption,” he said.
Mr. Sossion sees no problem with Magoha ‘interrogating’ his officers. “What really was the personal concern of Magoha at Langas Primary School? Proper hygiene and he was asking questions to his field officer?” he asked.
“A minor thing is being blown out of proportion and cartels are taking advantage to have him out.”
Should the cartels succeed in kicking Magoha out, the Sossion foresees increased cases of exam malpractices and massive embezzlement of ministry funds.
Sossion also faulted the Public Service Commission (PSC) for withdrawing CS Magoha’s powers to partake human resource functions at the ministry, arguing that the move was akin to sacking the CS.
“It is unheard of for a commission under another ministry to take powers from a CS in another ministry, an appointee of the President, it is wrong and bullying,” Sossion said.
The unionist called upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to defend Magoha and empower him more to tackle corruption in the ministry.
“The president should not buy this nonsense from people scheming against Magoha because he has sealed all corruption loopholes used by cartels to embezzle public funds,” urged Sossion.
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He advised Uhuru to put the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) under Magoha for better service delivery in the education sector.” President Uhuru must support CS Magoha and ensure teachers are under the ministry to centralize management of education programmes. They cannot remove teachers from CS control, and then do the same to all officers under him through PSC which is under a fellow Cabinet Secretary, that is a recipe for chaos,” Sossion claimed.
Sossion argued that TSC is working alone and fighting the ministry yet it employs teachers who implement the ministry’s policies on the ground.
“Kenya is the only country in the world where Education CS has no administrative connection with teachers who implement ministry’s programmes; instead they are under a rogue employer called TSC.”