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Knut, TSC meeting flops over demands

By Augustine Oduor | Published Thu, October 4th 2018 at 00:00, Updated October 4th 2018 at 09:06 GMT +3
Wilson Sossion
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion

A meeting between a teachers' union and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) ended abruptly yesterday after the union made fresh demands.

The commission's CEO, Nancy Macharia, said the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) demanded immediate reinstatement of 85 officials transferred during the delocalisation programme.

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Ms Macharia added that Knut also demanded that no union officials be transferred in future.

Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion however dismissed the reports as irresponsible misinformation, saying the union demanded that the delocalisation programme be stopped.

“Our position is still the same - that we do not want delocalisation and we shall resist at all costs the move by TSC to effect it,” he said.

The collapse of the meeting raises questions regarding effective administration of the upcoming national examinations as the union threatened to rally members to boycott supervision duties.

Sossion yesterday said Knut, guided by a presidential directive, would not relent in its push to have the policy dropped.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta directed Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to revise the delocalisation policy, which he said had affected some families.

The directive is one of the issues listed for discussion between the two parties during the Naivasha retreat.

More than 1,500 teachers have been moved since January in a new policy by TSC to improve the quality of teaching and boost national cohesion.

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