By Erick Nyayiera.
Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has been asked to consult widely on issues affecting education in Nyanza and not resort to merely issuing endless circulars.
Led by Ugenya Member of Parliament, David Ochieng, leaders in this region warned that confusing circulars from Dr Matiang’i was worsening matters in the education sector.
“The CS should consult all stakeholders to avoid the time wasted on debating which circular is official and which one has been overtaken,” said Ochieng.
“There is a circular from the Ministry of Education stating that no teacher should be in school during weekends. Another one from Teachers Service Commission directs teachers to be in school on weekends to take care of the co-curricular activities. Which one is to be followed,” wondered Ochieng.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Clement Omollo, KNUT Executive Secretary, Siaya Branch, who said the Ministry ought to clear the air on which circulars to be followed.
“We advise all teachers to stay away from schools during weekends, including teachers subscribing to the SDA faith. We tell these Adventists to also attend church services on Sunday,” said Omollo.
MP Ochieng also took issue with how national examinations are managed, questioning the credibility of recent results released by CS Dr Matiangi.
“There seems to be something weird in the way national exams are marked. We suspect that there is a plot to issue pre-determined results in certain regions. How is it possible that than half of all candidates in teachers training colleges in Kenya, who sat the 2016 PTE examinations, failed? How is this possible,” wondered Ochieng.
He warned that teachers will go on strike again if new salary increments are not effected as per the recently signed collective bargain agreement.