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Governor Wangamati orders new principals to pack and leave amidst teachers transfers talks
By Peter Oteng Ochieng | Updated Jan 08, 2018 at 13:59 EAT
Governor Wangamati told teachers to leave
  • Bungoma County Governor, Wycliffe Wangamati says his county will not accept teachers whose performance doesn't match that of those they are sent to replace
  • Wangamati'sremarks came after Education CS Fred Matiang'i directed a reshuffle for principals of various schools

Bungoma Governor Wangamati on January 6 held a meeting with the new Lugulu Girls and Friends School Kamusinga principals in his office in which he told them to go back to TSC and seek fresh posting.

The governor had earlier made it clear that his County would not accept the teacher transfer that is a directive by Education Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiang’i.

Speaking to mourners in Lutonyi and Matili villages of Kimilili Constituency and Mitukuyu village of Webuye East Constituency, he made his opinion on the transfers known. “Under no circumstances shall the Bungoma Community that I am a part of and serve as Governor accept the new principals in those schools," he said.

"We are ready for any principal from anywhere in Kenya, on condition that they come from schools with mean grades equal or near equal to that of Kamusinga and Lugulu Girls," he reiterated.

"We can't accept a principal from a school with a 5.8 mean score coming to manage our 8.9 mean score school", he said.

He asked Dr. Matiang'i to promote the existing Deputy Principals of the schools if he can't get teachers who match those he is taking away.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) led by Secretary General Wilson Sossion protested the transfers, terming them ‘political’ and aimed at advancing vested interests.

However, the teachers’ employer, Teacher Service Commision (TSC) said that teachers must be prepared to work outside their counties, according to a policy they sign at the beginning of their employment.

He promised to protect the integrity and academic levels of the schools in the county.

Speaking about the Nzoia Sugar Co woes, Governor Wangamati revealed that he had scheduled a meeting with officials from Ministry of Agriculture in Nairobi to negotiate the planned privatization of the sugar miller. 

"I intend to do everything to make sure Nzoia Sugar Co remains the asset of our county," he said. The Governor was accompanied by CEC Agriculture Mr. Matthews Chirasha Makanda.

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