Kenya National Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) wants members to be compensated whenever they fall victim of assault by unruly students.
Kuppet noted that there are increasing cases of teachers who suffer injuries while on duty.
The union said like other professions, teachers will demand that their employer – Teachers Service Commission (TSC) - takes care of their welfare in the workplace including against aggression by learners.
This comes in the wake of brutal attacks on teachers in parts of the country by learners. Kuppet said the crimes need to be taken seriously to safeguard teachers.
Speaking in Kapsabet town, Nandi County after the union’s branch elections on Saturday, national chairman Omboko Milemba urged the government to curb the growing hostility in schools that has seen learners attack teachers.
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“As a union leadership, we condemn the unbecoming culture that tends to scuttle the education in the country. Going by recent reports that have hit headlines on students attacking their teachers and leaving them with serious injuries, the government should compensate and offer protections against insecurity eventualities while working within the school compound,” stated Milemba.
Mr Milemba urged TSC to provide security to teachers in some regions deemed insecure.
At the same time the Kuppet chairman criticised the Education Ministry’s recommendation that students learn under trees to ensure social distancing, terming it ‘ill advised.’ He said this has exposed the government’s failure to provide conducive environment for learning.
“Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha’s pronouncements are just a publicity stunt to cover up the unpreparedness to offer safe learning facilities in the country,” stated Milemba.
He noted that the unfavorable weather conditions prevailing in parts of the country have affected learning under trees.
Milemba urged the Treasury to release monies to institutions. He assured that Kuppet will support government initiatives to boost the education system.