Webuye priest faults teachers for engaging in politics, neglecting their profession

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Priest Cleophas Nakhero speaking at the funeral service

A Webuye Catholic priest has criticized a section of teachers for engaging too much in politics and neglecting their tutoring responsibilities, and spoiling the profession’s good reputation. Addressing mourners at a funeral mass for the late Mrs. Rose Arunga at St. Anthony’s School for the Deaf in Webuye, priest Cleophas Nakhero said many teachers have chosen politics at the expense of teaching, and some have even come out to push their vocal support for politicians by spreading propaganda. He reiterated that the move by teachers has watered down the academic standards as a result.

He urged teachers to love their jobs regardless of the challenges they encounter and serve with passion and commitment. On his part, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Bungoma East secretary general Aggrey Murumba Namisi warned parents not to allow children to attend parties especially now that the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging. He said some parents have forgotten the vital role of guidance and counselling, noting that this will lead to an increase in teen pregnancy cases and school dropouts.

Namisi further decried the rate at which school going children are losing their lives in road accidents, especially those working as boda boda operators. He appealed to parents to keep kids off the boda boda business since most of them don’t know the traffic rules and are not conversant with road safety measures. A closer look by West Media revealed that around 10 students have lost their lives while in the boda boda sector during the Coronavirus pandemic, especially along the Kitale-Webuye highway. The Webuye Teachers Welfare Association led by Amos Kisaka eulogized their colleague madam Rose as an astute teacher who served greatly in all the schools she was attached to and they’ll miss her council. Until her demise, she was a teacher at St. Anthony’s School for the Deaf in Webuye town.