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KNUT Releases Statement Regarding Reduction of Primary Headteacher

KNUT Releases Statement Regarding Reduction of Primary Headteacher

KNUT Releases Statement Regarding Reduction of Primary Headteacher. Current head teachers will be assigned lower roles if they don’t have the required credentials.

The secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) praised the idea of comprehensive schools, noting that it would address concerns with primary, junior secondary, and senior secondary education while allowing students to attend the same facility from ECD through grade 12.

The Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms’ proposal to demote primary school administrators without degrees starting in January of the next year has drawn criticism from a teachers’ union.

According to Nelson Oyuu, secretary general of the Kenya National Union of Teachers, the plan is “unfair and the worst labour practice the country will implement on the teachers.”

After visiting the local Knut Coast Council meeting at Ronald Ngala Primary School in Mvita, he was giving a speech in Mombasa.

We are ready and willing to bite when required in order to keep our teachers at ease. The heads you are mentioning are among the best, according to Oyuu.

We all went to college to learn the fundamentals of administration, therefore we are quite skilled. In essence, it’s administration.

Although they totally agree with the working party’s suggestions for improvements and reforms in the educational sector, some of the ideas scare them, according to Oyuu.

He reaffirmed Knut’s dedication to assisting elementary school principals without degrees and stated that they would make recommendations to the working party that would allow them to continue working while obtaining higher education.

Oyuu attacked anyone who would disagree, implying that 99 percent of elementary school administrators were graduates.

He advised any head teacher who didn’t already have a degree to enroll in a postsecondary course of study.

For a transitional period ending on December 30, 2023, the working group had recommended that primary head teachers supervise the institutions in schools that were hosting junior secondary schools at the time the new Competency Based Curriculum was put into place.

It was suggested to build a comprehensive school with room for the present JSS, primary school, and pre-primary schools with a single head teacher.

Oyuu claimed that if everything was in place, they could easily have one institution’s head.

“JSS’s implementation was a bit shoddy, and there were a few holes that ought to have been filled. Although the seventh-grade pupils have relocated to JSS, where are the teachers? posed Oyuu.

JSS should be located in elementary schools, according to Knut, but he insisted that the justification for comprehensive schools needs to be made stronger.

Oyuu also expressed concern about the difficulty in locating ECDE lecturers nationwide.

He claimed that Form 4 marks the conclusion of the foundational education, which starts with ECDE, as stated in Knut’s plans.

Despite the fact that it is generally acknowledged that the ministry and the instructors Service Commission are responsible for staffing classes 1 through 12, he claimed it was particularly sad that counties had to step in to employ instructors.

The working group has advised the TSC to pay the ECDE instructors’ salaries.

Maintaining the number while working for the county defies sense because counties hire instructors with TSC numbers. Oyuu asserts that TSC must now include these educators since doing so will be consistent with what they do as educators in terms of quality control and even in their work at our schools.

KNUT Releases Statement Regarding Reduction of Primary Headteacher

The working party’s proposal to limit TSC jurisdiction in order to benefit the Ministry of Education was also challenged by the Knut secretary general.

According to him, Knut had urged the TSC and the federal government to follow a set procedure for quality control.

“What we desired was an unambiguous breakdown of duties without argument or physical contact. We made it plain in our recommendations that we couldn’t afford to get involved in disputes between TSC and the ministry.

Additionally, he applauded TSC for releasing the 2023–2027 strategic plan, the implementation of which will cost Sh70 billion.

With the exception of teacher salary, which he felt needed more investigation, he claimed that every part of the idea was obvious.

In order to get teacher salaries included in the strategic plan, he claimed that Knut was ready to put pressure on TSC to participate in the discussion.

Even though the National Treasury cut the TSC’s original recommendation for teacher advancement from Sh2 billion to Sh1 billion, it was still greatly valued.

Because the SRC prevented us from negotiating any financial terms in 2021, Oyuu stated, “We still want TSC to sit down with us and reopen the door to discussions.”

As the negotiation proviso has been withdrawn, the non-monetary CBA we agreed to in 2021 will now be reviewed. As a result, we have written to TSC and requested a meeting within 14 days.

KNUT Releases Statement Regarding Reduction of Primary Headteacher

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