Nandi teachers unions demand transfer of Nandi South DEO for making irrational decisions
Written by Shillah Mwadosho
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The executive secretary for the Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT for Nandi county Mr. Steven Misoi and the National executive council member for KNUT Mr. Josphat Serem
KNUT and KEPSHA have called on the ministry of education to transfer Nandi South DEO for threatening to interdict fifty head teachers in the letters he dispatched to them demanding for an apology for allegedly walking out of a meeting he had conveyed at Aldai Girls.
The two parties that held a meeting yesterday at Kaptumo primary School with officials of KNUT led by Secretary Steven Misoi from all districts in Nandi county and KEPSHA Chairman Aldai Division Joash
Kesbai vowed that the fifty heads who were directed by the District Education Officer (DEO) Abel Nyamwaya's demand should not be respected.
In the 6 hour meeting Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association argued that, “There was no reason for the head teachers to apologize yet the officer himself turned up seven hours late into the meeting,” and further decided that the DEO should be transferred with immediate effect by the Ministry of Education for abuse of office and incompetence. (Read: Fifty school heads in Nandi South district receive interdiction letters for walking out of a meeting
Misoi said that he had dispatched a letter to the KNUT National secretary David Okuta to explain the matter and to ensure that he reports to the ministry for immediate action before school reopens for second term.
In the letter dated April 16, it says, “Teachers in the district have called on the ministry of education to transfer the officer with immediate effect for undermining education in the district by frustrating teachers.”
KNUT National Trustee and also Secretary in Nandi East and Tindiret districts Boniface Tenai and Nandi central district KNUT secretary Zipporah Kering condemned Nyamwaya for making “irrational decision”.
Tenai said that he would do the best under his capacity to ensure that the ministry respects the pleas of the teachers.
“The ministry has no otherwise, but to transfer the officer because he has been severally warned by KNUT over his conduct and he has not reformed,” he said.
Nyamwaya told West Fm on phone that he would not reverse his decision because what he had done was an administrative procedure of warning the head teachers.
He said, “The head teachers have to apologize because they left the meeting before my arrival and yet I was the one who convened.”
The Kaptumo meeting that was scheduled to start early in the morning kicked off at midday after police stormed the venue and threatened to baton out the participants in the meeting for not seeking permission from the provincial administration.
Misoi charged that the move was a conspiracy between District Commissioner (DC) George Ayonga and Nyamwaya to ensure the meeting that was discussing a critical matter was not held.
Contacted for comment, Ayonga dismissed the allegation saying that he was away for a peace mission at Chemase location in Aldai-Chemelil border and had not given any directives to the police to disrupt the meeting.