By Philemon Kiprop.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has called for independent probe into the interdiction of five Marakwet East teachers who allegedly deserted duty after they were attacked by students.
Teachers at St Augustine Secondary School Kapyego, Marakwet East were interdicted after rowdy students attacked them.
The teachers were faulted by their employer Teachers Service Commission (TSC) for desertion of duty after the attack.
The union now wants an independent probe conducted even as the teachers are expected to defend themselves before the commission.
Speaking to Education News, Elgeyo Marakwet branch KUPPET Secretary, John Chesergon said the decision to interdict the teachers was unfair.
“There were no investigations carried out before such a drastic action against teachers who are victims of an attack was taken. As a union, we are demanding rescinding of the interdiction and independent investigations carried out,” Chesergon said.
Chesergon claimed the disciplinary action against the five teachers was meted to cover up managerial problems in the school.
“The poor management issues in that school must be addressed first. We have done our investigations as a union and established that there are serious mismanagement issues in the institution”, the unionist said.
He questioned why the students who attacked the tutors have not been disciplined only for the teachers to be victimized on what he called malicious act.
Chesergon asked the office of the Ombudsman and other independent bodies to come to the teachers’ defense, saying it was criminal to victimize the teachers.
The unionist said the teachers kept off school due to brutalities, adding: “It was even more brutalising to interdict them” after being attacked by students.
He said the teachers had requested for transfers following the attack only to be slapped with interdiction letters.
The KUPPET official said the matter should be taken seriously and the teachers approved transfer request failure to which they shall advise the teachers across the county on the next course of action.