Sossion faults transfer of school heads;says it may be cause of school unrest

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KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion

KNUT secretary general has faulted the delocalisation program carried out by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), saying it may have contributed to the unrest in schools currently being witnessed in some parts of the country. Sossion has criticized the principals’ and school heads’ transfer system, saying if they transfer a principal who has been perceived to be doing well, then it will have effects. He noted that if a close scrutiny is done then it will be noted that some schools affected were part of the school heads transfer system.

Addressing the press after an ECDE teachers meeting at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Nairobi, the KNUT boss said before a principal is transferred there should be consultations with the relevant stakeholders including the board of governors and the community as a whole, “You can’t do that (delocalisation) and claim you are building national cohesion,” he said.

He refuted claims that students are burning schools because of fear of exams, saying some notable schools like Kisumu Girls High School and Maranda High School can’t fear exams, “The pattern is similar and the theory of fear of exams is neither here nor there,” he affirmed.

He further urged students to find alternative means of voicing their grievances, “Arson is a crime. If they have issues let them use other civilized channels including demonstrations without damaging property,” said the KNUT secretary general. He said students in schools are free to picket, “Tell us what you don’t want and we’ll listen.”