Written by Protus Simiyu
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Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) in Bungoma County branch has vowed that teachers will not sign the performance contract with the government.
In an exclusive interview with West Fm in his office, the Secretary General in Bungoma County Kenneth Nganga said teachers are qualified professionals hired under permanent and pensionable basis saying the government should pay them their dues under the current arrangement before entering into another contract.
Mr. Nganga said teachers are ready to enter into a performance contract with the government only if the current pupil teacher ratio is resolved.
“In most schools in the country the teacher- pupil ratio stands at 1:65 above the world recommended ratio of 1:35, unless this is achieved there is no way teachers will sign the performance contract,’’ he charged.
In addition, the secretary general said teachers will go into contract with the government if the issue of salary increment is amicably dealt with. ‘’ the government should pay us at least Sh. 100,000 per month per head, and we are ready to sign the performance contract,’’ Nganga said.
Further, Mr. Nganga noted the importance and need for the government to improve infrastructure in all schools especially government schools while pointing out that public schools across the country are in pathetic state a situation that is imparting negatively on national examination results.
“How do you expect teachers in schools that lack equipment and good infrastructure to post good results just like schools that are well equipped with good infrastructure? Let the government improve the infrastructure and teachers are ready to perform,’’ he charged.
He noted that teachers are already working under overwhelmed terms and conditions unlike other professionals saying the government decision to contract teachers is not only acceptable but an insult to teachers.
“You cannot expect a doctor that by a certain given a period of time, a patient should completely recovered or an engineer to complete a construction within a given time, but teachers must scheme and ensure the syllabus is completed irrespective of the prevailing conditions,’’ Nganga noted.
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