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KNUT wants Nakuru politicians to campaign peaceably

“As a union, we will not sit back and allow politicians to interfere with activities in our schools. We cannot allow you to use goons in pushing and forcing the transfer of some teachers from certain schools,” he said.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comFriday, 06 Jan 2017 15:49 EAT

Politicians in Nakuru County have been warned against interfering with the education sector especially at this time when the country is gearing up towards the general elections. The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Nakuru branch secretary Maina Muhia warned that the union will not allow any politician to disrupt learning activities at the expense of students.

Speaking Friday in Nakuru Town, Mr Muhia accused some unnamed politicians of influencing the transfer of teachers from certain schools without valid reasons, while other leaders were using "goons" who storm schools and demand the transfer of teachers with some evicting teachers from schools forcefully.

Mr Muhia called on politicians to carry out campaigns in a peaceful manner to avoid causing what he called ‘educational clashes’. “As a union, we will not sit back and allow politicians to interfere with activities in our schools. We cannot allow you to use goons in pushing and forcing the transfer of some teachers from certain schools,” he said.

At the same time, he lauded education CS Fred Matiang’i for putting up stringent measures which have brought an end to exam leaking something he said has brought back the credibility of Kenyan examination certificates.  "A Kenyan degree had lost its credibility but with what Matiang’i is doing, the degree will regain its credibility and as a union we will support him in his efforts,” he said.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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