As the students are preparing for this years national examination, now the Kenya National union KNUT has instructed their members to prepare learners candidates for impending end term tests and national examinations even has it spoiled for a strike next month.
The union’s national treasurer John Matiang’i said the teachers should be in class to execute their professional responsibilities as they pressed for withdrawal of Teacher Performance Appraisal Development (TPAD) forms by the employer.
This comes as Teachers Service Commission (TSC) contemplated taking disciplinary measures against some teachers in Masaba North KNUT branch for damaging the forms in public to protest their disapproval.
Speaking on Friday at itierio whwn he attended the funeral of Mama Sibia Bitutu,mother to a KNUT Kisii South branch official George Masagara , Matiang’i told the teachers not to waste lessons time by filling the forms at cyber cafes and instead use recommended teaching materials.
At the funeral also attended by some senior union national officials,the treasurer reiterated the KNUT’s stand over rejection of contentious policies by the employer including school principals’ de-localization.
Matiang’i said the union expressed fear over the rising cost of living due to increased tax on petroleum products and petitioned president Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene.
On the raging outcry over the kidnapping and murder of a Rongo University student Sharon Otieno, the union condemned the heinous crime saying men should not be allowed to cover up their amorous acts by committing murder.
He called speedy investigations and prosecution of the culprits irrespective of their position in society.
Matiang’i urged members of the public to be on the look out and report, harassment, exploitation or endangering lives of the girl child.