KNUT warns of crisis over government directive

By Collins Anampiu

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion warned that releasing certificates may increase the debts that schools are struggling with (FILE)

Teachers have warned that the government’s directive to school principals to release certificates held over fee arrears may plunge schools into a management crisis.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) has already written to Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi requesting for a meeting to discuss modalities of the implementation.

Speaking to KBC on phone KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion warned that releasing certificates may increase the debts that schools are struggling with.

Sossion said the implementation should be done in a manner that both students and schools will benefit.

The directive to schools to release certificates to students has kicked off a storm and discontent amongst school heads, with KNUT saying it is ready to comply with the directive but urged the Ministry of Education to take over the matter to ensure the 14 billion shillings owed to schools is paid.

Last week, Deputy President William Ruto directed school heads to release all certificates they are holding due to nonpayment of school fees to the owners immediately adding any school head with issues regarding that directive should hold discussions with the government after releasing the certificates.

Noting that some students have been waiting for their certificates for more than 10 years, the Deputy President said school heads should not compound the problem by holding on to the certificates longer.

On Monday, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi directed all Heads of Public Secondary Schools to release with immediate effect, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) Certificates in their custody due to non-payment of fees.

Prof. Kaimenyi made the directive in a Circular to all County Directors of Education and District Education Officers.

The Circular, which is dated July 16, 2014, has been copied to the Principal Secretaries of Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang and his Science and Technology counterpart, Prof. Colleta Suda.