KNUT tells politicians to keep off teachers recruitment drive

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The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has told politicians to stop meddling in the planned hiring of 30,000 teachers by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC)

Knut Secretary General Collins Oyuu said what politicians are currently doing is unacceptable.

Oyuu said TSC has the mandate to hire teachers in the country and does not require any support from any quarter.

“Recruitment of teachers’ is within the mandate of TSC, anybody else purporting to have an exercise in recruitment should be condemned,” he said.

Oyuu who spoke at the end of the Union’s 62 National Delegate Conference (NDC) in Kisumu says as a Union they will not allow politicians anywhere near TSC in matters recruitment.

He said the government had centralized recruitment of teachers’ at the TSC headquarters owing to such meddling by politicians.

“Politicians in the past would actually influence education officers on the ground to have their relatives recruited,” he said.

Oyuu noted that such schemes will not work as he vowed to ensure no politician is allowed to arm twist the recruitment body.

He said teaching is a noble profession which should not be left to politicians to dictate on who to be employed.

In recent days,  a section of  MPs from across the country has made it known that they are in the forefront to ensure teachers’ who are employed in their constituencies are indeed locals.

Oyuu challenged politicians to mention any wrong doing by TSC in regard to the planned recruitment exercise for redress instead of purporting to be the agency to recruit.

Oyuu further announced that they will wait as requested by the government to allow the economy to heal before they start the agitation for salary increment.

“I listened to the speech by the Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and I want to say that we will only wait but will not abandon the push to have an increment of salary for our members,” he said.

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