The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers’, KUPPET, National Chairman Hon. Omboko Milemba has warned the Kenya National Examinations Council Chairman, Prof. George Magoha, against stereotyping teachers by claiming that they are planning to cheat in the forth coming National Examinations. Milemba says comments by the KNEC chairman were eroding the trust and confidence of the public and learners on teachers; especially when he claims that a section of teachers were planning to assist candidates to cheat in the National examinations.
“Kenyan teachers are ready for examinations. We have prepared the learners to sit the exams. It is the Kenya National Examinations Council that is not ready,” said Milemba. Milemba wondered why Magoha was concentrating too much on teachers and avoiding solving urgent matters. “We want him (Magoha) to tell us the fate of those students who were at various schools in Narok, that have been closed. What plans does he have for these children. We want him to tell us which centres will accommodate these candidates,” Milemba warned.
Milemba also wanted the exams council to tell Kenyans the fate of candidates at the demolished schools in Kibra.
The KNEC Chairman, last week, sensationally claimed that the council was investigating over 30 schools for examinations cheating plots. With days to count, to commencement of the examinations, KNEC is yet to make public the names of schools and individuals on its radar for suspected exam cheating.
Uncertainty continues to rock the education sector as teachers’ unions and TSC continue to trade in a war of words concerning unresolved labour matters facing teachers. On its side, KNUT wants TSC to stop the Delocalization exercise, eradicate the Performance appraisal programme and promote teachers who have attained relevant higher qualifications. While, KUPPET on the other hand is promising industrial action if TSC renews the contract for the ineffective AON medical insurance scheme for teachers.