What Ruto Promised Teachers Before Election
Ruto promised to hire all unemployed teachers within two years if elected president two months before the election.
The Teachers’ Service Commission has yet to hire approximately 300,000 teachers (TSC).
He promised to hire half of them in the first year and the remaining half the following year.
“For each phase, we will hire 58,000 teachers beginning next year when we form the government to close the gap,” the President-elect stated.
Kenya Kwanza promised to give teachers incentives such as facilitating in-service training and restructuring the de-localization policy to include special allowances for teachers working away from home.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has already expressed its support for President-elect William Ruto, saying it looks forward to working with his administration following his election victory in August.
Following Ruto’s acceptance speech on Monday, KNUT Secretary General Collins Oyuu said in a message published in local dailies on Thursday that the union was encouraged and optimistic about the prospects for the education sector.
“Pursuit of political leadership calls for intensive persuasion to the population towards winning their support to our dreams positions; this you have done and won the hearts of more Kenyans than your competitors,” said Oyuu in the statement.
“Your reconciliatory tone in your acceptance and maiden speech after you were cleared has even encouraged us more after you affirmed that it was just a competition and not enmity.”
His words echo those of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), which pledged its support for the president-elect earlier this week.
Oyuu went on to urge the president-elect to address some of the issues confronting the education and business sectors once he takes over State House from outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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“As the Kenyan teachers, we look forward to seeing a united nation in your hands and a stronger administration that will prioritise education, the future of our children and proper management of teacher’s labour matters,” said Oyuu.
“As a trade union with an established, comprehensive and recognizable leadership structure, we have always asserted and reiterated our support for the government of the day; we therefore promise you total support as the president-elect.”