KUNNOPET Demands Scheme of Service In All Counties, Better Salary For ECDE Teachers
According to Lawrence Otunga, National Chairman of the Kenya Union of Pre-Primary Education Teachers (KUNOPPET), there are various concerns affecting teachers in all 47 counties.
Otunga says a uniform plan of service in all counties will reduce many of the challenges faced by teachers.
“As a union, we have tried our best to engage different stakeholders like the Senate, the Council of Governors (CoG), and the National Assembly, and now that Kericho governor is the chairman of the education committee at the CoG, we are sure our issue will be sorted out,” said, Mr.Otunga.
His sentiments were mirrored by Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Kericho Branch executive Secretary Anne Cheruiyot, who lamented that ECDE teachers had been marginalized and offered low-wage employment for many years.
“Since teachers have pursued their education at different levels including diploma, degree, and even masters and they deserve to be remunerated according to their levels of education,” Ms. Cheriyot said.
Area County Assembly members, including Kapkugurwet ward MCA Martin Cheruiyot and recently elected County Assembly Deputy Speaker Eric Bett, attended the World Teachers’ Day celebration.
In 1994, UNESCO declared October 5th to be World Teachers‘ Day, commemorating teachers’ achievements. This year’s subject was “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers.”