Sossion affirms teachers are ready to resume classes

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KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion speaking to the press
KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion speaking to the press

With the resumption of learning in schools drawing closer, KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion has affirmed that teachers are ready to resume teaching. On Monday this week, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) directed teachers to report back to school on Monday 28th September, to prepare for the eventual reopening of schools.

A meeting bringing together stakeholders in different sectors to map out new Covid-19 regulations will be held on Monday 28th, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and afterwards he will address the nation where issues like reopening of schools will be addressed. Sossion said parents shouldn’t worry about their children once in school, and all they should do is avail them, “Children are safer at schools than at home. Even if they may starve at school, they are much safer.”

He said among the key tasks teachers will be faced with will be developing a checklist and mapping out of students. He said they must map out the children to ensure they are back in school, “All girls and boys must come back to school regardless of the challenges and situations they’ve been exposed to.” He added that KNUT must work closely with the Education Ministry and TSC to ensure that gender violence recovery is an activity in every school.

He stated that teachers will have to love the children and not stigmatize them regardless of the issues they’ll have faced. “I’m giving directions to all the branches that we must establish a gender desk, and it must be recognized in every school, and must have a strong committee.” Despite the preparations, Education CS Prof. George Magoha has been keen to dispel speculations on the opening date, leaving that to the President to make clear.