Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) North Eastern Branch have accused the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for opposing Education CS Amina Mohamed and Kenya National Qualification Authority plan to lower minimum entry points to Teachers Training Colleges (TTC).
Last week, a letter from the Attorney General’s office in which the TSC sought a legal advice on the role of the CS in the lowering of grades of TTC said that there is no law that vests on the CS or the KNQA with the power to set such standards and were it to be there it would be unconstitutional.
But speaking to the press in Garissa Town, KNUT officials said TSC should stop creating wrangles with stakeholders describing the state of affairs as ‘a direct on marginalized communities’.
According to Ali Abdi, assistant National Treasure said that TSC as the employer has failed to implement quality education and has become a barrier to delivery of the same to the Kenyan child.
“It is unfortunate that TSC has continued to wrongly advice the executive of many policies which in turn antagonize and de-professionalize the teaching carrier to the disadvantage of our children,” said Abdi.
He said students from the region who attained the reviewed grades were already in the college’s country wide and have paid fees and so any change of policy will morally and psychologically affect the parents and the students.
Mandera County KNUT secretary Kullow Mohamed urged the TSC to convene a meeting with stakeholders to iron out teething issues that are threatening to tear apart the education sector.
“As leaders we are receiving numerous calls from frustrated parents wanting to know the fate of their children in colleges if the TSC reviews back the entry points. But unfortunately we have nothing to tell them,” said Kullow.
“TSC is an authority whose mandate is to recruit and manage teachers and does not have the jurisdiction over teacher, training and qualifications. The AG should know that the decision lies with the Ministry of Education,”
Garissa KNUT secretary Abdirizak Hussein urged the president to intervene and have the matter quickly addressed.
Through affirmative action in Education, CS Amina lowered the grades of Primary Teacher Training Colleges from C – to D+ while those of diploma teachers training colleges was lowered to C- from C+.
The education sector in region depends largely on non-local teachers and was almost crippled after TSC transferred more than 900 tutors over security issues.
Following the acute teacher shortage, local leaders and the Education ministry mulled several policy actions among them lowering entry grades to teacher training colleges for students from the north Eastern region.