Teachers unions now want the government to immediately recall all non-local teachers in Mandera, Garissa and Wajir counties for fear of their safety.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) want Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to take the bold step for the welfare of non local teachers in northern Kenya who have suffered in the hands of terror elements believed to be colluding with some locals sentiments coming only two days after the killings of three teachers in Wajir.
On Friday morning, 3 teachers were killed following a dawn attack by suspected Al-Shabaab militants at Qarsa Primary School in Wajir County.
The 1am attack also left another teacher with serious injuries.
These latest attacks drawing the wrath of teachers unions who want drastic action taken to save non local teachers in northern Kenya.
KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori says the teacher’s employer body TSC must act immediately and ensure the security of teachers in the North Eastern counties of Garissa, Mandera and Wajir.
On his part, KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion says a special police unit should be charged with the responsibility of providing security to school property.
In a statement, KNUT says, “A teacher like any other professional has a right to enjoy peace, professional freedom and protection. It is the duty of the government to offer the protection.”
According to police, during the Friday morning attack those killed were non-locals residing within the school’s compound.
The union officials say the remaining teachers in the region are living under fear, following the sporadic attacks especially to non-locals.
The teacher’s bodies have called on the new Education Cabinet Secretary to prioritize the security of teachers as she takes over the mantle.