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Teachers union asks leaders from North Eastern to respect teachers

An orchestrated attack on non-local teachers fleeing the North Eastern region for security reasons is yet to stop.

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) called on leaders from the region to stop blaming affected teachers. They said it would be better for the elected members to work closely with the government.

Speaking to the press, Kuppet secretary-general Akelo Misori said. “As a union, we are alarmed by the attacks on our teachers from political leaders who should be providing solutions to the problem.”

He further stated that the union couldn’t afford to lose any of their teachers from the ongoing terror attacks. Their mandate was to ensure the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) saw to the safety of teachers at all costs.

Last month, TSC facilitated the transfer of non-local teachers from Garissa, Mandera, and Wajir counties. The move followed terror attacks targeting non-local teachers in the area.

On January 13, militants attacked the Kanuthe Resource Centre, leading to the death of three teachers.

Leaders from the area have however protested the move, terming it a way of paralyzing learning in North-Eastern part of Kenya. They have called for an urgent meeting to resolve the matter.

The National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale wants Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha and TSC summoned before parliament. He said they must explain measures to resolve the education problem in the region.

Mr Duale said he would find a sustainable solution, to see non-Somali teachers comfortably work in the region. Governors Mohammed Abdi of Wajir and Ali Korane of Garissa threatened to sue the TSC.

Wajir Governor Mohammed Abdi said he would seek to see TSC didn’t have powers to transfer teachers. Instead, respective devolved bodies will be in charge.

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