The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has issued 4 demands to the Ministry of Education ahead of the school reopening on Monday, May 10.
Led by Secretary-General Akelo Misori, KUPPET urged the ministry to republish the term dates for parents and school heads to avoid confusion. He also urged the ministry to speak about the uncertainties around the resumption of learning activities for all grade levels.
Misori also pointed out the problem of capitation funds remarking that the government was behind schedule in releasing capitation funds.
“Even more important, the ministry must expeditiously address the financial constraints in schools ahead of the reopening. As we speak, it is way behind schedule in the disbursement of capitation funds.
“Activities in many schools are closely grounding to a halt with headteachers and principals unable to meet some of their schools’ obligations,” Misori stated
The union appealed to the Ministry to address the teachers’ deficit in learning institutions at both the primary and secondary school levels.
In a statement, Misori remarked that Kenya’s healthcare infrastructure would break if another wave were to be seen in the country.
He also prompted the government to furnish public health facilities with the necessary Covid-19 management types of equipment including oxygen, ventilators, and medicines to enhance the level of care for Covid-19 patients.
The union Secretary-General in a statement stated that the Union was in support of the scientifically proven Covid-19 control protocols and praised the government for the Covid-19 vaccination drive, which has helped a large number of frontline health workers and other important workers including teachers.
The policy of 100 percent transition from primary to secondary schools and new class establishments had revealed a shortage of about 97,000 teachers.