Sossion’s threat to paralyse learning next year uncalled for
SEE ALSO :Warring Knut factions’ ceasefireAs it stands now, he has reneged on that promise by threatening to call for a strike in January 2020. During the ongoing Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association meeting in Mombasa, teachers demanded the dismantling of the centralised procurement of course books, a stop to delocalisation of teachers and suspension of National Education Management Information System (Nemis). They also demanded that head teachers be allowed to join unions. It would be imprudent to dismiss some these concerns out of hand, but truth be told, they call for nothing more than round-table discussions by stakeholders. It is wicked to continually hold learners to ransom over issues that can be amicably solved. Already, Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha has dismissed the demands by teachers, in particular, regarding procurement of books and Nemis. What led the Government to adopt a centralised procurement system, as Magoha rightly pointed out, was the menace posed by cartels that made a killing out of the book business. The possibility that the cartels have regrouped cannot be discounted. In a world that is increasingly going digital, teachers should demand an improvement in the manner Nemis is managed, not a total scrapping of the system. Nemis has eliminated instances of cheating where some schools inflated student numbers to get more capitation funds.
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