KNUT Teachers from Masaba North branch today burned the teachers Performance Appraisal and Development tool TPAD in solidarity that they are no longer going to fill them as from 1st September.
According to them they have been using much of their time filling the TPAD in Cyber cafes instead of being in class.
This comes after they have been holding on a looming strike at least for a while to protest against TSC policies which they claim undermines their professional work.
Secretary general Wilson Sossion clarified the teachers’ industrial action scheduled for September 1 2018 had been put on hold pending on-going negotiations with the employer.
Addressing teachers during Annual general meeting KNUT Masaba North branch at Metamaywa in Nyamira county on Wednesday, the SG however vowed to call the members to down their tools between September 30 and October 5 this year if the negotiations hit a stalemate.
“We will whistle if the negotiation hit a stalemate , we are tired when need our grievances to be heard “he said
According to him,it was the employer who invited them to the negotiation table after they had asked for the contentious policies to be repealed or risk withdrawal of their services.
The controversial policies the teachers union was opposed to included delocalization of principals,non promotion of qualified teachers and medical cover.
Another policy to conduct teachers’ trainings by education ministry on weekends was also rejected with equal measure by the union.
“We strongly oppose the teachers trainings on weekends, Saturday and Sunday teachers also need to go to church to worship”he added
John Matiang’i KNUT national treasurer said the teachers’ position had not changed and took issue with the TSC’s interference with the current collective bargaining Agreement CBA).
He claimed the employer ignored the CBA and went ahead to roll out a appraisal tool, Teacher,Performance Appraisal and Development (TPAD) to their consternation.
Matiang’i further said another mechanism to capture learners’ education and personal details National Education Management Information System(NEMIS),was also introduced adversely affected the teachers.
The treasurer urged the teachers at the meeting to demonstrate their disapproval of the evaluation system .
He also said that Delocalization of teachers has affected the families hence called the employer to stop and hear the cry of teachers who have already been affected .