The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) West Pokot branch has warned area politicians against meddling in education matters, distracting education officers and teachers in the County and infiltrating schools.
This comes after area residents held a demonstration accusing the TSC County Director Mr. Samson Nyakina for engaging in corruption and failure to employ teachers from the area. The KNUT officials also faulted one MCA who went to a school to investigate an alleged sexual harassment case. They have given a one-week ultimatum to the MCA to apologize to all teachers in the County.
Led by branch Executive Secretary Mr. Martin Sembelo, the officials dismissed the allegations terming them untrue and baseless.
“This is the crucial examination period and learners need humble time to study and we need harmony in schools.TSC is an autonomous body,” he said.
Speaking to the press in his office in Kapenguria Mr. Sembelo faulted politicians and protestors for harassing education officers and teachers. “That’s uncalled for and instead, we need cooperation because we have a serious shortage of teaching staff in the County,” said Sembelo.
He defended the TSC Director and said the sexual harassment allegations were not genuine, and at the same time, urged headteachers to be keen to keep out strangers who want to weave their way to schools without following the right procedure.
Sembelo called on leaders in the County to respect the teaching fraternity and to give teachers a good environment to work. “We don’t want officers or teachers to be intimidated in the pretext that they are corrupt,” he said, “Even the area Governor is an educationist who promotes education and supports education.”
On his part, West Pokot KNUT treasurer Mr. Martin Loyatum said that political intervention in the education sector is counterproductive, adding that politicians are causing harm by trying to control everything that goes on in learning institutions.
The sentiments were also echoed by Sigor member of parliament Mr. Peter Lochakapong who asked leaders and the provincial administration in the County to give teachers an opportunity, chance and enabling environment to deliver.
“Leaders should understand the policy of education and deal with relevant authorities in case of any problem in school,” he said.
Speaking in Masol Secondary School, Lochakapong urged politicians not to interfere with the management of schools. He urged leaders to have a good consideration and benevolence towards education.