The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, KUPPET, Migori branch is targeting to sponsor over 100 secondary schools teachers from the area; to the forthcoming Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, examiners’ training in April. According to the branch union’s Executive Secretary, Mr Orwa Jasolo, the local branch will partner with the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association, KESSHA- Migori, to ensure teachers attend the training. According to Jasolo, this is the third year in a row that KUPPET and KESSHA will be sponsoring teachers to the KNEC training.
“We intend to sponsor over 100 teachers from Migori county to the KNEC training, this year. We can even sponsor more if resources allow. Last year, in 2018, we sponsored 68 teachers to a tune of over Kshs 600,000,” said Mr. Jasolo when contacted, today. Jasolo explains that KUPPET and KESSHA share the costs equally and will continue empowering the teachers through such training opportunities.
KNEC is yet to release an advert on the training which is supposedly to be conducted in April, 2019; during the school holidays. KNEC has been charging a sum total of about Kshs 10,000 for those wishing to train as examiners.
KUPPET- Migori branch has already released a circular on the same requiring those who may be willing to go for the training to make a formal application. “KUPPET Migori branch in collaboration with KESSSHA will be sponsoring members who wish to train as KNEC examiners in all subjects areas. It is expected that the said training will be (held)n in April, 2019. By a copy of this circular, interested members are invited to apply for sponsorship through their principals,” says Mr. Jasolo via a circular dated 11th February, 2019. The applications are to be hand delivered to KUPPET branch’s office by 15th March, 2019.
Jasolo who also marks English Paper 3, says the marking conditions need to be improved; from pay, meals to bedding. “The facilities used are not befitting for teachers. KNEC should do something about this,” adds Jasolo.
Jasolo says the union will be targeting to sponsor another group of teachers to the Kenya Education Management Institute, KEMI, training in August this year.
KUPPET- Migori branch has a total membership of about 1,800.
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