The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) on Tuesday, May 4, issued four demands to the Education Ministry ahead of school reopening on Monday, May 10.
KUPPET Secretary-General Akelo Misori urged the ministry to republish the term dates for parents and school heads in order to avoid confusion.
He also asked the ministry to address the uncertainties around the resumption of learning activities for all grade levels.
KCSE students sitting the national exam
Misori also pointed out the issue of capitation funds noting that the government was behind schedule in releasing capitation funds.
“Even more important, the ministry must expeditiously address the financial constraints in schools ahead of the reopening. As we speak, it is way behind schedule in the disbursement of capitation funds.
“Activities in many schools are closely grounding to a halt with headteachers and principals unable to meet some of their schools’ obligations,” Misori stated.
Finally, the union pleaded with the Ministry to address the teachers’ deficit in schools at both the primary and secondary school levels.
Misori added that the policy of 100 percent transition into secondary schools for KCPE candidates and new class establishments had revealed a shortage of about 97,000 teachers.
“It is going to be very important for the government to guarantee that for learning to take place effectively in our schools, we address the teacher deficit.
“Worse still, is the element that about 25,000 teachers are likely to retire by Wednesday, June 30,” he stated.
The news comes as teachers marking KCSE exams at Moi Girls and State House Girls in Nairobi took to the streets to protest over unpaid allowances.
The teachers decried their situation noting that they had resorted to the streets after the government had failed to address their plight.
A Kenyan teacher with pupils in class