Let it first be clear. Teachers are not employees of ministry of education. Teachers report to an independent organ called TSC. For some county director of Education sitting in some ivory tower purporting to instruct teachers on how to carry out their duties is similar to playing a guitar to a goat.
We urge teachers to ignore. Let them wait for a circular from their employer. Here is what the director wrote..
TO ALL PRINCIPALS KISUMU COUNTY.
RE – BURNING OF SCHOOLS BY STUDENTS.
… I WOULD LIKE TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION THE GROWING TREND OF BURNING OF SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY .
PRINCIPALS ARE HEREBY ASKED TO PUT THE FOLLOWING MEASURES IN PLACE AMONG OTHERS SO AS TO FORESTALL ANY SUCH INCIDENTS IN KISUMU COUNTY.
*ENHANCE SCHOOL SECURITY WITH A 24/7 SECURITY GUARDING OF CRITICAL SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE E.G DORMITORIES
*TAKE ADEQUATE DISCIPLINARY MEASURES ON INDISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF.
The director is already speculating that teachers are suspects in burning of schools. He wants teachers to supervise learners but also to be supervised and disciplined by principals.
*ENHANCE TEACHERS ON DUTY PER DAY WITH SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENTS FOCUSED ON SECURITY OF LEARNERS AND SCHOOL PROPERTY .
Here is where we part. That teachers on duty should guard school property? Oliskia wapi? When were teachers trained to guard property? Upusi. Only TSC with consultation with other stakeholders can make such a directive.
- INSTALL CCTV CAMERAS IN STRATEGIC POSITIONS WHERE POSSIBLE.
This another joke. The same ministry has failed to release all funds to schools for the free secondary and primary funds. Where will teachers get money to install CCTV CAMERAS? There are schools that do not have electricity. How will this work? We choose to Ignore.
*IMPLEMENT THE AUTHORISED SCHOOL ROUTINE AND ENGAGE STUDENTS FULLY ALL THE TIME INCLUDING MEASURED ENTERTAINMENT.
*KEEP SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT CLEAN THROUGH OUT ESPECIALLY SANITATION AREAS, DINING AND DORMITORY AREAS.
Provide the funds. Or does he expect teachers to wash toilets and pick leaves the way Magoha forced teachers in Eldoret to sweep the school compound? Ignore.. unless they pay for it.
- PRINCIPALS AND DEPUTY PRINCIPALS MUST RESIDE IN SCHOOLS WITH BOARDING FACILITIES AND NO GAP SHOULD PREVAIL OF BOTH NOT BEING IN SCHOOL AT ANY ONE TIME UNLESS UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES WELL KNOWN BY RELEVANT AUTHORITIES.
This is where we teachers are made prisoners. That you must reside in school, however bad the housing facilities are. That learners can burn you alive in those schools when they riot. A teacher is like a hen waiting for slaughter at anytime.
The director concludes by saying…
*LET’S ALL WORK TOWARDS AN ENVIRONMENT FREE FROM STRIKES AS WE PREPARE FOR NATIONAL EXAMS.
THANK YOU AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
This circular is in bad faith. We demand that the TSC Kisumu office plus unions including KNUT and KUPPET must speak out and tell the director to keep his lane. He should not be allowed to order teachers. If he feels schools are under risk… Let him employ security services or deploy police to guard Schools property.
Teachers… You were trained to teach. Teach and go home.