President Uhuru orders review of teachers delocolization to protect families

Teachers celebrating. President Uhuru orders revies of the teacher delocolization program. PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the Ministry of Education to review the ongoing teacher delocalisation program so that families are not affected negatively by the mass movement of teachers.

The President on Wednesday directed Education Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed to review the implementation of the program with a view of ensuring that families of the affected teachers do not suffer undue disruptions.

The delocalisation program entails moving teachers, mostly head teachers and principals from their home areas with the objective of improving their effectiveness.

The president issued the directive when he officially opened the Catholic Schools Principals Conference being held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi.

“The ongoing delocalisation program has created some unforeseen challenges that have, in some instances, affected families negatively. We are reviewing the policy guidelines to ensure that the program is not implemented to the detriment of families,” said President Kenyatta.

He also announced that he has issued a directive for the issuance of title deeds to all education institutions built and managed by faith based organisations including the Catholic Church.

Presdent Kenyatta pointed that his directive on issuance of title deeds to schools managed by faith based institutions follows challenges identified during the ongoing process of issuing title deeds to public schools.

“I have prioritised the titling of primary and secondary schools built by the Church and other faith based institutions,” He said .

Issuance of title deeds to schools is meant to protect land owned by schools from land grabbers and encroachers.

At the same time, the Head of State called for constructive and continued engagement between teachers and parents for the proper development of children and for the stability of schools.

Speaking at the event, Education CS Amina Mohamed said the Catholic Church continues to play a big role in Kenya’s education sector and assured the country that the Government will continue stepping up measures to improve the integrity of national examinations by among other measures enhancing surveillance and supervision.

On his part, Rev. Paul Kariuki Njiru, the Chairman of the Commission for Education and Religious Education in the Catholic Church indicated that the ongoing reforms in the education sector initiated by the government are key, adding that Churches will continue to partner with the Government in the provision of quality education in the country.