Kenya Nation Union of Teachers KNUT has now criticized the move by education cabinet secretary George Magoha to exclude teachers union in the education task force that was recently formed to ensure the school calendar is not affected following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In interview with Ghetto Radio News KNUT deputy secretary general Hesbon Otieno said the union was in the forefront in pushing for the formation of the same task force and by excluding them yet they represent thousands of teachers is uncalled for.
‘‘We are very unhappy with this move to exclude KNUT and even KUPPET ..we were the people agitating for the formation of this task force and we should be there because we represent teachers .’’ He said.
They are now asking Magoha to include teachers unions in the task force before it officially begins performing its duties.
The task force is chaired by Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Chairperson Sarah Ruto with other members of the team; Chairman of Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association Indimuli Kahi, Chairman, Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association Nicholas Gathemia, CEO, Kenya Private Schools Association Peter Ndoro and Chairman, Kenya Parents Association Nicholas Maiyo,Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Augustine Muthigani, Kenya Association for Independent International Schools Jane Mwangi, National Council of Churches of Kenya’s Nelson Makanda, Muslim Education Council’s Sheikh Munawar Khan and Chairman, Kenya Special Schools Heads Association Peter Sitienei.