The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) on Tuesday, May 4, submitted four applications to the Department of Education before the reopening of schools on Monday, May 10.
EX-SECRETARY-GENERAL Akelo Misori has called on the department to re-publish deadlines set by parents and school principals to avoid confusion.
He also called on the department to address the uncertainty regarding the resumption of learning activities in all grades.
Misori also raised the issue of money laundering funds claiming that the government was late in issuing the capitation fund.
“The most important thing is that the department has to deal with financial problems very quickly before it opens. As we speak, it is far behind in terms of cost.
“Jobs in many schools are still standing together as principals and principals fail to fulfill their school responsibilities,” Misori said.
Finally, the union urged the department to address the shortage of teachers in primary and secondary schools.
Misori added that the target of the transfer of 100% transition to high schools for KCPE students and new classes has identified a shortage of 97,000 teachers.
“It will be very important for the government to ensure that in order for learning to be successful in our schools, we are facing a shortage of teachers.
“The worst thing is that about 25 000 teachers are likely to retire on Wednesday, June 30,” he said.
The news comes as teachers marking KCSE exams at Moi Girls and State House Girls in Nairobi took to the streets to protest for unpaid grants.
Teachers have criticized their situation, saying they have turned to the streets after the government failed to address the issue.