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Ann Cheruiyot wins Kericho KNUT top seat

Ann Cheruiyot is the new elected Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Kericho Branch executive Secretary after trouncing her main challenger Gedion Mugun.

Ms Cheruiyot who becomes the first female in Rift Valley to hold the post said she is committed to ensuring teachers’ welfare improved while dispensing her duties and responsibilities diligently.

“I am your servant any time and I will stand with each and every one of you. Thank you teachers for electing me to office I will stand to see that your welfare improve. I will work with the weak and mighty. I will be honest and sincere as I work for you, “said Ms Cheruiyot.

Ms Cheruiyot garnered 496 votes against Mugun‘s  95 votes in the  Branch elections held at Kapsoit secondary school on Friday where members in the teachers’ trade union from the six sub-counties in the area congregated to cast their votes.

Before being elected to the position, she had previously contested the post during the branch elections held last year where she lost to Stanley Mutai who is currently KNUT first national vice chairman.

In the same breath, Kericho County Labour officer Richard Litaba called upon the government to include teachers’ unions in the task force to enable smooth implementation of the CBC.

He argued that the teachers union was best positioned to advise the taskforce.

“As Teachers we welcome President William Ruto’s decision to create a taskforce to review and guide the implementation of CBC and we as teachers want to be included in the body as we are best placed to advice the taskforce.” said Litaba.

President William Ruto in his inaugural speech said the government will establish an education Reform taskforce that will take in the views of Kenyans on the curriculum.

This comes on the back of concern raised by parents on the double transition of learners to secondary schools in January amid limited accommodation and high cost of the CBC.

By Sarah Njagi

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