Teachers in Trans Nzoia have expressed fears that the proposed refresher training modular training slated for holidays will destabilize marriages of their delocalized colleagues who would be deprived of time to bond with their spouses and children.
The Teacher Professional Development programmes will be taught and examined where completion certificates will be used to register all teachers afresh and determine promotions. Teachers will pay Sh 6, 000 each year for five years to complete the course.
“TSC is breaching the social norms which will lead to destruction of families owing to lack of time with all commitments being on the duties of the Commission,” said Mrs. Immaculate Cheserem a KUPPET official in charge of gender in Trans Nzoia
The Teachers also want the Teachers Service Commission TSC to offer them an apology following the introduction of a new module refresher system that makes them appear unskilled yet they are trained.
“Teachers churn out professionals in the country. We should not be subjected to the periodic refresher training system that makes us appear like quacks. We oppose this system,” said Trans Nzoia KUPPET chairman Eliud Wafula.
The union’s secretary Lusweti Furaha called on all Kenyans of goodwill to join hands to oppose the new changes saying they are a threat to strides made by teachers in liberalizing the working environment in the country.
“You cannot subject teachers to this forced training and cater for the payment yet there are trainings which they have undertaken out of their will but the commission does not recognize them,” said Mr. Lusweti.
They said they will not partake in the six modules unless TSC will foot the bill and add monetary value for teachers upon completion of every module training. They also want to be paid training allowances for each module.