The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has vowed to take legal action if any of its suspended school principals face disciplinary action from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) regarding alleged irregularities in KCSE Examinations.
During the KUPPET Meru County Branch General Assembly in Meru ,the National Secretary-General of KUPPET Akelo Misori, voiced serious reservations about the stringent disciplinary measures implemented by the government for school administrators when a school is implicated in national examination irregularities.
Misori contended that the issue of examination irregularities originates with KNEC even before the exams are ferried to the designated collection points.
He emphatically stated that the union would not hesitate to resort to legal action if the TSC takes any disciplinary actions against its members.
The vibrant SG called for a thorough probe involving all stakeholders, including KNEC, TSC, and the Ministry of Education, to ascertain the involvement of any school head in examination irregularities before any disciplinary measures are taken.
Misori disclosed the union’s intention to seek a court order to halt the rotational movement of teachers invigilating national examinations.
He argued that such movements cause unwarranted disruptions and financial burdens on teachers who are compelled to travel between different schools.
Misori further urged the government to reconsider housing Junior Secondary School (JSS) within secondary schools, citing the current deficiencies in primary schools.
He highlighted the absence of essential infrastructure such as laboratories, libraries, and human resources in many public primary schools.
Recently, KUPPET locked horns with TSC regarding the recruitment of intern teachers.
The union raised objections to recent statements made by the TSC, asserting that teachers currently on contract will continue for an additional year before their terms of service undergo review.
TSC had earlier informed Members of Parliament that intern teachers would have to wait for one more year before being confirmed for permanent and pensionable positions by the government.
The TSC Director of Teachers Staffing, Antonina Lentoijoni explained that the 46,000 teachers would automatically transition to permanent and pensionable (PNP) status after completing two years of service.