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Ministry Clash With KNUT Over Teachers’ Freedom of Worship, As Training Schedule Stands

Ministry Clash With KNUT Over Teachers’ Freedom of Worship, As Training Schedule Stands

Over the weekend, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) protested the Ministry of Education’s decision to train teachers in Bomet County.

According to Knut, this violates the rights of teachers who are off duty on weekends.

Mr. Malel Langat, a member of the Knut National Executive Council and the executive secretary of the Bomet branch, prefers that the training take place during the week.

However, Bomet County Director of Education Apollo Apuko insisted that the training for teachers in grades 1, 2, and 3 would take place on weekends.

Mr. Apuko has directed all sub-county education bosses to invite teachers to the training sessions according to the schedules that have been released.

Mr. Langat has threatened Mr. Apuko with legal action if the training continues on weekends.

“While we recognize the need for the training as of prime importance, we feel our members’ [teachers] freedom of religion and rights to worship as enshrined in our constitution will be infringed upon,” Mr. Langat stated.

The freedom of conscience, religion, belief, thought, and opinion is guaranteed by the constitution.

Freedom to worship alone or in groups is also recognized, as is the right to have a day of worship.

Religious discrimination is also prohibited, including denying people access to facilities, institutions, or employment.

The law also forbids forcing a person to act or engage in any activity that goes against his or her beliefs.

Knut wants the two parties to resume talks in order to ensure seamless service delivery.

Mr. Apuko insisted that the training would go as planned and that Knut’s position was “misplaced.”

“We have mobilized our officers, teachers, and trainers for the training sessions and the directive will not be reversed.

“The Ministry of Education has no intention of infringing on the rights of the teachers,” Mr. Apuko.

He noted that the scheduled training was important for the teachers as it would improve education standards and impart teachers with skills to handle Competency Based Curriculum.

Ministry Clash With KNUT Over Teachers’ Freedom of Worship, As Training Schedule Stands

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