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Female tutors sidelined, says union

By Sophiah Muthoni | December 8th 2014

Despite female teachers being more than their male counterparts in the country, they are still disadvantaged when it comes to leadership in the teaching industry.

This was pointed out Sunday by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) at the union's women caucus forum that was a curtain raiser for the three-day delegates conference which started today.

"Women issues still have to be given centre stage because if we do not ensure our women have the same fighting chance as men then our girls will not have role models to look up to. Knut is committed to promoting gender equality within the union," said Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion.

Mr Sossion pointed out that a manual to guide the union on matters touching on gender in the 2015, will be launched during the conference. He said the Teachers Service Commission needs to devise a gender framework to govern the education sector.

Collective agreement

Interior Co-ordination Principal Secretary Josephta Mukobe, who was the chief guest at the forum, said female tutors need to unite and delegate on the issues they face.

"Women need to identify what the problem is. What has hindered them from getting to the same level as the men in the industry. Gender issues are still a challenge not in just the teaching profession but other professions as well and this needs to be addressed," she added.

Sossion said some of the issue that will be discussed at the conference include the collective bargaining agreement Knut demanded for when they ended their strike last year.

"The National Executive Council Report will also be discussed at the conference," he said.

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