KNUT to withdraw teachers from Alshabaab prone areas


The Kenya National Union of Teachers has threatened to hold nationwide demos and pull teachers out of Alshabaab prone areas if the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi and his education counterpart George Magoha do not assure teachers posted in volatile areas of their security.

In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings, KNUT sec general who is also an Orange Democratic Movement nominated member of parliament Wilson Sossion demanded that Matiangi, Magoha and the Teachers   Service commission CEO Nancy Macharia convene an urgent meeting with KNUT and other stakeholders in the education sector to employ mechanisms on how to curb security status of teachers in the North eastern region which is deteriorating.

Three teachers were on Monday morning killed following a suspected al-Shabaab attack at Kamuthe in Garissa County.

According to the National Police Service, the suspected assailants attacked Kamuthe Primary School, Kamuthe Police post and a telecommunication mast.

He warned that if the meeting will not be held then the union will pull out teachers from affected areas and further call on national teacher’s demonstration to demand beefing up of security in the affected area.

“Failure of any meeting, we will organize, immediate pullout of teachers from insecure schools and regions in any part of Kenya and organize major country wide demonstrations by all teachers across the country to condemn these unending barbaric actions.” He added 

The union further condemned the burning to death of a teacher called Daisy Mbaluka of Ndooni primary school, Kitui county who was attacked and ultimately burned after parent’s demos rocked the school over poor performance of 2019 KCPE candidates.

He urged teachers to move out of the region if at all they feel that they are insecure.