547 KNUT Teachers Apply For Reverse Delocalization.
Over 500 teachers aligned with the Kenya National Union of Teachers have already requested to return to their home counties.
KNUT said on Tuesday that 547 teachers had asked the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to move them back to their former stations.
On Thursday of the previous week, the union announced that it had reached an agreement with TSC to reverse delocalization and instructed its 110 branch secretaries to compile a list of teachers who wanted to relocate.
The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) stated that the list was still being compiled by their branches.
About 6,000 teachers were affected by the delocalization program, which led to some teachers being moved away from the schools they served.
Collins Oyuu, the secretary-general of Knut, stated that despite the small number of applicants, more will be coming forward.
‘‘Several of our members, not many, have already submitted their applications for consideration to have themselves assisted. We still have data of others who availed the required information and are yet to be re-routed due to logistical issues at a personal level,’’ he said.
‘‘We are also cognizant of the fact that several of our other members have submitted applications online. We trust that with close follow-up with TSC, which we shall do, we shall have all of them assisted.’’
Members of Kuppet have two months to apply for delocalization, a policy that mostly affected principals and their deputies.
Mr. Oyuu stated that the union intends to influence future policies.
‘‘Knut must be given its rightfulful place at the table of planning, formation, and implementation of policies that affect our members. If we had sat with TSC about delocalization, it would not have gone to this extent.’’