The call for the abolition of boarding schools in Kenya is acquiring momentum after secondary school teachers upheld the proposed directive.
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) on Saturday, September 11, called on the government to start the progressive phase-out of boarding schools to reduce teachers' workload.
Secretary-General Akelo Misori asserted that teachers in boarding schools work for extended periods of time yet they don't get additional compensation when compared with their colleagues in day schools.
He noticed that boarding school teachers must invest more time to guarantee that students compensate for the time lost when schools were shut because of the worldwide pandemic.He was talking at a meeting with the union's delegates from upper and lower eastern areas in Embu county.
Misori regretted that boarding school teachers are more burdened as they need to assume a twofold role in teaching and parenting on the grounds that they are additionally required to watch students and ensure they are protected after classes.
The union added that all endeavors should be made to guarantee that all students return home in the evening so both parents and teachers have a contribution to their lives.
KUPPET Chairman Omboko Milemba blamed the Ministry of Education for naming teaching as essential service providers and asking school heads to remain in school for longer hours.
"It isn't right to demand that teachers stay longer hours than expected, yet you don't get them means to return home or give them a stipend for that matter," the executive lamented.The officials likewise offered comments relating to the security situation in Laikipia County and called on the government to move with speed to guarantee normalcy is reestablished.
They noted having members there who have been caught up in the mix.
They threatened to pull out their teachers from class if the Laikipia security situation is not enhanced in the days to come.
"If the circumstance doesn't improve the soonest, we will have no other decision than to demand that teachers avoid class," Omboko expressed.
Earlier on in the year Education CS George Magoha formed The Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) taskforce who proposed the rejecting of boarding in secondary schools under the new 2-6-3-3-3 education system.The task force called for boarding schools to be left for a few institutions to admit students across the nation who follow various paths in secondary school.
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