The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has termed the Kenya’s primary school literacy program through the provision of laptops to class one pupil to be a failed project calling for the billions allocated to be moved to employing of new teachers, and promotions.
Speaking at Wote, during Annual general meeting, the KNUT Deputy Secretary General criticised the government for what he said as reducing teachers to watchmen of the laptops that are lying in various institution in dormancy due to lack of electricity.
“This government laptop project has failed, it has reduced our teachers to be watchmen,” said Hesbon Otieno.
Relating the past governments to the present, he said that even the Moi regime knew very well the problem of class one pupils in Kenya wasn’t laptops but was ways of retaining learners in school through the milk program, famously known as the “Maziwa ya Nyayo”.
“Even retired president Moi knew what class one pupils needed-milk”, he added.
On delocalization that teachers have been opposing since its inception, the outspoken Deputy SG. called on the teachers to demand for their transfer allowances saying the move to delocalize teachers was archaic motive.
“What was done was not simply delocalization, this was a mass transfer of teachers and they should seek for transfer allowances” he told hundreds of teachers who had turned up for the annual event.
Ahead of the annual Kenya Primary Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA) meeting in Mombasa, Hesbon called on school heads to protest against the associations’ chair Mr. Shem Ndolo
“The period for him ended December, and he should be chased since he added teachers’ subscription from sh. 200 to sh. 500” said Hesbon.
During the meeting elections were held for Knut branch women Rep, branch vice-secretary among others positions.