KNUT forced to arbitrate row between the Primary school heads and Nandi South DEO
Written by Shillah Mwadosho
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Two teachers’ unions are in loggerheads over the mode of solving a row between primary schools head teachers and DEO in Nandi south district.
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) national vice chairman Julius Korir and Nandi South Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) secretary Stephen Misoi (above) have expressed conflicting sentiments following the step taken by District Education Officer (DEO) Abel Nyamwaya.
Nyamwaya had dispatched letters threatening 50 head teachers to interdiction for allegedly storming out of the March 29th meeting he convened at Aldai Girls high school before his arrival.
Misoi had led other KNUT officials from the entire Nandi County in announcing that schools in the district will not reopen for second term until Nyamwaya was transferred by the ministry of education for allegedly frustrating teachers.
But Korir said that the decision taken by KNUT was going to adversely affect education in the district adding that alternative approach should instead be sought and employed.
He said, “It was very wrong for Nyamwaya to take such ill-informed decision of threatening the head teachers and the ministry should have quickly stepped in to save the district from academic doom.”
Korir who was speaking to West Fm in Kapsabet said that his union was concerned with overall matters of education and if the concerned ministry will not immediately transfer Nyamwaya, they would be forced as a union to arbitrate the matter.
He said, “As KUPPET we have seen that the ministry is acting slowly and we may be forced to intervene and arbitrate the matter between the affected heads, KEPSHA and Nyamwaya so that they can reconcile and restore order in schools.”
Misoi dismissed the sentiments of KUPPET and said that the decision by KNUT and Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) together with the threatened heads was irrevocable.
He said that Nyamwaya had been severally warned by the union concerning his conduct but had failed to reform.
“There is no turning back. Nyamwaya must leave the district immediately. We have no more association with him because of his arrogance and incompetence,” he said.
KNUT national trustee Boniface Tenai told West Fm on telephone that the ministry should not take the matter lightly since the entire county had raised an alarm.
“The complaint has received support in the entire county and the ministry would regret if it delays the matter,” he said.
The letters by Nyamwaya that dated April 12 read in parts that the said teachers during the meeting at Aldai Girls high school “walked out before commencement of meeting” convened by Nyamwaya.
The step by Nyamwaya led KEPSHA Aldai division chairman Joash Kesbai and KNUT officials from the entire Nandi County together with the head teachers to hold a meeting a week ago in Kaptumo primary school where they declared that no apologise should be made to the officer.
But even as the matter gains momentum, Nyamwaya has stood his ground and insisted that what he did was “informed and procedural” adding that the heads must apologise in writing.