Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya National Union of teachers KNUT has piled pressure on Teachers Service Commission to consider employing more teachers during this financial year.
Addressing journalists in Nairobi at teachers union headquarters, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion on Thursday said that teachers deficit in public schools currently stands at 100,000 which needs to be addressed.
“We urge the commission to hire more teachers at the rate of 20,000 per year to mitigate teachers’ shortage. All trained and qualified teachers should be employed to save the image of the teaching profession.” Sossion said.
Sossion was of the view that more teachers ought to be recruited to guarantee quality education, especially in this free education era.
The union also called for inclusion of all stakeholders in the new curriculum review system of 2-6-3-3 in order to make it more relevant to the learner’s needs.
He said over 170,000 teachers who were trained in readiness for roll out of the new curriculum but the commission is now confessing that is not adequate, and they cannot effectively explain what it means and it will be implemented which is an issue that needs to be addressed.
“You cannot pilot a curriculum in three months. The curriculum takes a year to cover. International norms require that a curriculum is piloted full circle to allow full evaluation. Before rollout of the proposed curriculum, there should be a syllabus, enough and approved textbooks and other teaching/learning materials.” Said Sossion.
On the issue of delocalizing teachers, the SG argued that the move does not guarantee to foster cohesion and national unity and it is not either supported by any known scientific research or evidence.